Independent: New Zealand ‘the best country to work as a prostitute’

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New Zealand ‘the best country to work as a prostitute’, says sex worker advocacy group

Laws protecting prostitutes came into force in 2003

KASHMIRA GANDER 

Thursday 21 May 2015

New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a prostitute thanks to its robust laws, according an organisation which represents the nation’s sex workers.

For almost a decade and a half, sex workers in New Zealand have been protected by the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which sought to decriminalise prostitution.

The legislation aimed to prevent exploitation, safeguard sex workers’ human rights, promote their occupational health and safety, and prohibit under-18s from entering the industry.

This has enabled prostitutes to enjoy the benefits other professions take for granted, including signing contracts, receiving regular pay, and being able to seek help from the police.

Catherine Healey, national co-ordinator for the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, told news.com.au that the country is the best place to be a sex worker because of the legislative framework widely regarded as the most effective in the world.

Ms Healey told the website that sex workers now feel “completely comfortable” reporting clients to the police if they are abusive, threatening or unable to pay their bills, and said that the system “keeps exploitation in check.”

“We had three murders in Christchurch a decade ago and police said the cooperation from women in the industry was the only reason they solved the crimes,” she said.

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In the UK, prostitution itself is legal, but surrounding activities including paying for sex with someone under duress, soliciting sex in a public place, and kerb crawling are prohibited.

However, a law coming into force in Northern Ireland on 1 June will make Northern Ireland the only place in the UK where someone can be convicted of paying for sex.

Sex worker campaign groups have called on prostitution to be decriminalised in the UK, and for the government to adopt a system similar to New Zealand’s.

Cari Mitchell, a spokesman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, told The Mirror earlier this year:

“In New Zealand the law that has been put in place is on the basis of health and safety,” Cari said.

“The last thing women need is to be criminalised for it,” she said, adding: “It’s outrageous when women are only trying to survive.”

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For almost a decade and a half, sex workers in New Zealand have been protected by the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which sought to decriminalise prostitution.

The legislation aimed to prevent exploitation, safeguard sex workers’ human rights, promote their occupational health and safety, and prohibit under-18s from entering the industry.

This has enabled prostitutes to enjoy the benefits other professions take for granted, including signing contracts, receiving regular pay, and being able to seek help from the police.

Catherine Healey, national co-ordinator for the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, told news.com.au that the country is the best place to be a sex worker because of the legislative framework widely regarded as the most effective in the world.

Ms Healey told the website that sex workers now feel “completely comfortable” reporting clients to the police if they are abusive, threatening or unable to pay their bills, and said that the system “keeps exploitation in check.”

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“We had three murders in Christchurch a decade ago and police said the cooperation from women in the industry was the only reason they solved the crimes,” she said.

In the UK, prostitution itself is legal, but surrounding activities including paying for sex with someone under duress, soliciting sex in a public place, and kerb crawling are prohibited.

However, a law coming into force in Northern Ireland on 1 June will make Northern Ireland the only place in the UK where someone can be convicted of paying for sex.

Sex worker campaign groups have called on prostitution to be legalised in the UK, and for the government to adopt a system similar to New Zealand’s.

Cari Mitchell, a spokesman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, told The Mirror earlier this year:

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“In New Zealand the law that has been put in place is on the basis of health and safety,” Cari said.

“The last thing women need is to be criminalised for it,” she said, adding: “It’s outrageous when women are only trying to survive.”

Source: Independent

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Why sex workers love their jobs in New Zealand

By News.com.au

May 21, 2015 | 10:10am

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New Zealand. Home of the long white cloud, the Lord of the Rings and, apparently, the best working conditions for prostitutes on the planet.

Sex workers there sign contracts, get paid weekly, work for bosses who keep their best interests at heart and have a relationship with police that Australian prostitutes can only dream of. Prostitution is even covered under occupational health and safety laws.

It’s not pot luck that New Zealand prostitutes have it better. It can all be traced to a single piece of legislation that passed through parliament in 2003 — the Prostitution Reform Act.

The decision 12 years ago to decriminalize sex work meant it became legal to work in managed brothels without a size limit, work for yourself, work from home, work from the street or work from the Web.

In Wellington, a brothel named Bon Ton is spoken of as “the Holy Grail.” The eight women who work there told documentary makers this week that “everybody’s in a good mood” and that, “hand on heart,” they love what they do.

The Bon Ton website promises sophisticated and elegant escorts and offers the “Exclusive Girlfriend Experience.” But the staff get as much out of it as the clients do.

Catherine Healey, national coordinator for the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, told news.com.au that New Zealand is the best place in the world to work in the sex industry.

She said the legislative framework in the country is regarded worldwide as the most effective.

“I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN A CLIENT DIDN’T PAY AND POLICE ARRIVED AND ESCORTED HIM TO THE ATM TO WITHDRAW THE MONEY.”

“We’ve effectively allowed sex workers more control over what they choose to do,” she said.

“It’s really important to have as many options as possible and to be able to work wherever one wants — we’ve avoided a monopoly scenario and it keeps exploitation in check.”

Healey said sex workers now feel completely comfortable reporting clients to police if they are abusive, threatening or unable to pay their bills.

“My memory is very long and it goes back to the days when police lectured a sex worker. I can well recall sex workers who didn’t report to police,” she said.

“Things have changed significantly since then. I remember a time when a client didn’t pay and police arrived and escorted him to the ATM to withdraw the money.

“We had three murders in Christchurch a decade ago and police said the cooperation from women in the industry was the only reason they solved the crimes.”

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

http://nypost.com/2015/05/21/why-sex-workers-love-their-jobs-in-new-zealand/