A person who, in a public place or within the sight or hearing of any person in a public place, accosts or solicits a person for the purpose of prostitution, or loiters in a public place for that purpose, is guilty of an offence punishable by a fine of up to $750 [Summary Offences Act 1953 s.25].
A prostitute is a person who offers his or her body for fee or reward.
A person who knowingly lives, wholly or in part, on the earnings of the prostitution of another person is guilty of an offence and liable to a maximum penalty of a fine of $2500 or imprisonment for six months [Summary Offences Act 1953 s.26]. The fact that a person lives with, or is habitually in the company of, a prostitute and apparently has no other lawful means of support is enough proof for this offence unless the person can prove otherwise.
A person who keeps or manages a brothel, or who receives money paid in a brothel for prostitution, is guilty of an offence and liable, for a first offence, to a maximum penalty of a fine of $1250 or imprisonment for three months. For a subsequent offence, the penalty is a fine of $2500 or imprisonment for six months [Summary Offences Act 1953 s.28].
A person who lets or sublets premises knowing that the premises are to be used as a brothel, or who permits the premises to be used as a brothel, is guilty of an offence and liable to the same penalties [Summary Offences Act 1953 29].