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From Sex worker group Vixen Collective disappointed by Victorian regulation review:

The changes also now allow advertisements to "contain references to the race, colour or ethnic origin, in addition to sexual orientation, of the person offering sexual services".

Confirmation link from Scarlet Alliance:

An ad must not refer to race, colour or ethnic background of a sex worker or their health status or medical testing.

(Thankfully, they're allowed to mention the sexual orientation of the worker - that the worker is female and serves male customers!)

Why does Victoria currently prohibit mention of race, colour or ethnic origin?

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    This doesn't sound like a political thing, that's the decision of the people in charge. – PointlessSpike Feb 4 '16 at 13:48
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    @PointlessSpike "Decisions of people in charge" is pretty much the definition of politics. I think this question is on-topic and could be answered by researching statements made by the proponents of the original legislation. – Philipp Feb 4 '16 at 14:43
  • Maybe the problem is I don't know what Victoria or the Scarlet Alliance are, I assumed they were companies. If so, a decision by them is an internal decision. – PointlessSpike Feb 4 '16 at 15:07
  • @PointlessSpike Perhaps this is a discussion for the meta board, but this issue arises frequently when deal with laws and regulations. If there is a law--in this case I am assuming an act of parliament--then it is clearly a political issue. On the other hand, regulations determined by bureaucracies are less obviously so. In cases where you are dealing with cities--as this may be if it is referencing Victoria, BC--it could still be political, but I don't think there is any way that SE could ever reliably answer questions at the municipality level, with only few exceptions like NYC. – The Pompitous of Love Feb 4 '16 at 15:23
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    I think it's safe to assume that from the wording, it was an attempt to further reduce discrimination. (And the change was due to that backfiring). – user1530 Feb 4 '16 at 16:02

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