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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 (continuing) regulation of prostitution by local authorities

The (continuing) regulation of prostitution by local authorities

(p.141) nine The (continuing) regulation of prostitution by local authorities
Taking the crime out of sex work

Dean Knight

Policy Press

This chapter investigates the local-government response to the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) of 2003, with particular emphasis on the continuing regulation of prostitution after the law reform. First, it examines the local regulatory options such as by-laws, decisions on resource consents, and district plan rules, which continue to be in operation after the decriminalisation of prostitution. Second, the chapter discusses the extent to which the local authorities have adopted these regulatory initiatives as well as the legal challenges to them. It ends by evaluating the state of affairs around local regulation and by briefly touching on the tension emerging from the local ambivalence towards the national countenance of prostitution.

Keywords:   local government, Prostitution Reform Act, regulation, regulatory options, local authorities, regulatory initiatives, local regulation, prostitution

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