There are specific laws covering prostitutes and other sex workers and their clients. Prostitution in licensed brothels is legal in Queensland, but street prostitution is illegal. Queensland has strict laws about sex and sexual activity. You can legally work as a sex worker in Queensland if you work alone from your home, unit, motel or hotel or if you work in a licensed brothel. There are many health and safety issues for people working as sex workers.
A lawyer representing the two gay men challenging the buggery and gross indecency laws in St. Vincent and the Grenadines SVG has noted that the legislation also captures certain sex acts among consenting heterosexual adults. The other claimant, Javin Johnson, 22, had successfully claimed asylum in the United Kingdom, in , on humanitarian grounds. Thomas said that the two men are still Vincentian citizens, noting that one does not lose citizenship by leaving the country. He said the background of the lawsuit is two-fold: both MacLeish and Johnson are Vincentians and either or both of them might want to come back to SVG.
Sex and the law deals with the regulation by law of human sexual activity. Sex laws vary from one place or jurisdiction to another, and have varied over time, and unlawful sexual acts are also called sex crimes. Some laws regulating sexual activity are intended to protect one or all participants, while others are intended to proscribe behavior that has been defined as a crime. For example, a law may proscribe unprotected sex if one person knows that he or she has a sexual disease or to protect a minor; or it may proscribe non-consensual sex, or because of a relationship between the participants, etc. In general, laws may proscribe acts which are considered either sexual abuse or behavior that societies consider to be inappropriate and against the social norms.