In January 2017, the Queensland government passed new legislation that made it a criminal offence for a person to offer or provide sex tourism.
This has led to a huge surge in the number of sex tourism websites and websites offering sex tourism services, with the number estimated to be more than 300,000.
The Queensland tourism board has now taken action against sex tourism operators and has introduced a suite of measures to help those that are in breach of the new law.
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Under the legislation, anyone caught operating a sex tourism website or website offering sex tourist services would face up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
There is also a $500 fine for any person found to have engaged in a sex trafficking offence.
The Queensland Tourism Authority has also announced it will investigate any reports of offences made against its employees.
The board will also look into reports of people who are operating sites where they have engaged to provide sex tourist activities, including by offering sexual services.
The Victorian Tourism Board said it is also investigating the allegations made against a website that offered sex tourism to women.
The ABC contacted the Victorian Tourism Authority but they have not responded to requests for comment.
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In 2017, a new Australian Government Bill gave the Queensland Tourism authority the powers to take action against operators and sex tourism sites that were in breach.
The new legislation makes it a crime to offer sex tourism or sex tourism tourism services to people who you think may be involved in a crime, including prostitution.
Queensland Tourism Board chief executive John Wilson said the legislation will make it easier for the authority to identify sex trafficking cases.
“What it does is give us more powers to tackle these types of offences,” he said.
“We are very concerned that there are more sites that are being created every day that are doing this.”
The law will also make it illegal to advertise a sex tourist website or a sex travel site to children.
Mr Wilson said he would also be seeking more funding to help pay for police and court costs associated with these cases.
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