A LONG-awaited discussion paper on the regulation of the sex industry in Tasmania will be released this month, Attorney-General Brian Wightman said yesterday.

Mr Wightman is the third successive attorney-general to promise the paper, which he said would seek submissions on the preferable legislative option for Tasmania’s sex industry.

“From the submissions received when the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 was reviewed, it was clear that there was concern that the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 has not been fully effective in achieving its objective of protecting sex workers,” he said.

Then-attorney-general Lara Giddings committed to developing the discussion paper in 2010.

She said at the time that the review of the act tabled in Parliament in 2009 highlighted that neither side of the debate felt the current legislation was effective in protecting sex workers from exploitation.

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