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Taking the crime out of sex work
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Taking the crime out of sex work: New Zealand sex workers' fight for decriminalisation

Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald, and Catherine Healy

Abstract

New Zealand was the first country in the world to decriminalise all sectors of sex work. This book looks its experience of decriminalisation. It provides first-hand views and experiences of this policy from the point of view of those involved in the sex industry, as well as people involved in developing, implementing, researching, and reviewing the policy. The book presents an example of radical legal reform in an area of current policy debate.

Keywords: New Zealand, sex work, decriminalisation, sex industry, legal reform, policy debate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847423344
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423344.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Abel, editor

Lisa Fitzgerald, editor

Catherine Healy, editor

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one Introduction

Gillian Abel, and Lisa Fitzgerald

Part One Lead-up to the passing of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act

three History of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective

Catherine Healy, Calum Bennachie, and Anna Reed

four Lobbying for decriminalisation

Tim Barnett, Catherine Healy, Anna Reed, and Calum Bennachie

five The Prostitution Reform Act

Gillian Abel, Catherine Healy, Calum Bennachie, and Anna Reed

Part Two Implementation and impact of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act: the first five years

seven Review of the Prostitution Reform Act

Paul Fitzharris, and Aline Taylor

ten Christchurch School of Medicine study: methodology and methods

Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald, and Cheryl Brunton

twelve The media and the Prostitution Reform Act

Lisa Fitzgerald, and Gillian Abel

fourteen Decriminalisation and stigma

Gillian Abel, and Lisa Fitzgerald

fifteen Conclusion

Gillian Abel, and Lisa Fitzgerald

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