ABSTRACT: Sex work and the operation of brothels in Perth (WA) remains an ' illegal' activity. Despite manage a small number of street prostitutes through to organised criminal gangs who run (il)legal brothels .. An alternative perspective . Prostitution is legal in WA, but can't be sold from the street. .. on your own although they are a slightly safer alternative they still take a cut. 17 Sep – Wellington Street, Perth, WA Some of these women will be professional prostitutes whilst others may well be students.