Police Minister Bob Wiese said the need for suitable controls and safeguards for the sex industry in Western Australia was recognised.
Mr Wiese said the WA Police Service had indicated to the previous government that the containment policy and existing legislation in respect to prostitution was ineffective.
He said the Opposition statement on prostitution was simply rehashing what they failed to do as a government in 1990, when they issued another public discussion paper on prostitution.
"The Opposition's attempt at producing a discussion paper on legislation to control the sex industry in WA is nothing new, but simply stoking the coals on a controversial issue they should have extinguished with proper laws years ago," the Minister said.
"I have publicly stated that the containment policy in this State is inadequate. A review of legislation and suitable controls is taking place and will be presented to Cabinet in due course."
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