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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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The Prostitution Reform Act

The Prostitution Reform Act

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Taking the crime out of sex work

Gillian Abel

Catherine Healy

Calum Bennachie

Anna Reed

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of how sex work was regulated and controlled in New Zealand before the passing of the Prostitute Reform Act (PRA) of 2003. Prior to 2003, the regulation of sex work in New Zealand was consistent with moral perspectives wherein sex workers were depicted as public nuisances and threats to family values. However, after the passing of the PRA, the government adopted a public health and human rights stance to the regulation of the industry. It also repealed all laws that effectively criminalised the activities in relation to sex work. This was in recognition of the harm caused by these policies. In doing so, New Zealand became one of the few countries to decriminalise sex work. In addition to discussing the history and the developments of the sex industry of New Zealand, the chapter also discusses the purpose of the PRA and how the specific claims were addressed in a section-by-section discussion of the Act. Such claims include: sex-worker health, operator certificates, under-age sex workers, advertising restrictions, territorial authorities, and protections for sex workers.

Keywords:   sex work, PRA, public health, human rights, decriminalisation, operator certificates, under age, advertising restrictions, territorial authorities, protections

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