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Taking the crime out of sex workNew Zealand sex workers' fight for decriminalisation$
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Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald, and Catherine Healy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423344

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423344.001.0001

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History of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective

History of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective

(p.45) three History of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective
Taking the crime out of sex work

Catherine Healy

Calum Bennachie

Anna Reed

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This chapter outlines the history of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective (NZPC). It traces the collective's efforts to fight against social stigma and to overturn legislation that had a negative implication on the lives of sex workers in New Zealand. The chapter begins by providing a short outline of the socio-political context in which the NZPC emerged in the late 1980s. After tracing the composition of the NZPC, it then proceeds to the ways in which the collective built support for decriminalising sex work in New Zealand.

Keywords:   Prostitutes' Collective, NZPC, sex workers, legislation, composition of NZPC

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