By Joel Hellewell This post is a response to the “meme” created by Nordic Model Now, claiming that the rate of sexual assault in New Zealand has increased since 2003, primarily because of the decriminalisation of prostitution in the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Link to the meme: https://nordicmodelnow.org/2016/08/11/meme-about-new-zealand-since-the-full-decriminalisation-of-the-sex-trade/ The first thing to do to the […]
New Zealand decriminalised sex work in 2003 with verifiable success. Over 90% of sex workers said they had additional employment, legal, health and safety rights. 64.8% found it easier to refuse clients and 70% said they were more likely to report incidents of violence to the police.
For a summary of the Prostitution Reform Act please see here.
Laws protecting prostitutes came into force in 2003KASHMIRA GANDER 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, […]
New Zealand took a big step in 2003 by decriminalising prostitution. The English Collective of Prostitutes is fighting for the same status in England.Benjamin Serra The PrismaPoverty and the recent economic crisis forces hundreds of women to work in the sex industry in order to earn money to support their families, to save them from […]
Monday, 17 December 2012, 7pmFilm: Decriminalisation of Sex Work in New ZealandNew Zealand decriminalised prostitution in 2003. This 30 minute film documents how the law was won and its impact as told by sex workers and activists working with the NZ Prostitutes Collective.Followed by discussion withNiki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes, who recently visited Australia and New Zealand […]
The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) turns 25 this year.NZPC is holding an event to launch this at their National Office based in Wellington on Tuesday 6 November.Speakers include Niki Adams from the English Collective of Prostitutes, and Rachel Wotton from Touching Base in New South Wales.As part of the event, the film ‘Scarlet Road’ […]
by Carolina TalaveraHaving read the article “Legal or not, prostitution remains a harmful institution” by Melissa Farley in DREGS magazine, I write to comment and correct. In her piece, Farley makes a number of claims such as that prostitution is uniquely dangerous and damaging, and supports these claims with statistics and other evidence. On closer scrutiny […]
New ZealandIn 2003, the New Zealand Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) decriminalised prostitution of persons over 18 on grounds of “sex workers’ human rights, protection from exploitation and promotion of occupational health and safety”. The June 2008 PRA statutory five year review concluded that:“The PRA has been in force for five years. During that time, the sex industry has not increased […]
With record numbers of women in London turning to sex work to provide an income the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) has launched a new campaign to decriminalise prostitution for “safety’s sake”.At an event at St Pauls “Tent City” a New Zealand MP Tim Barnett who sponsored the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised prostitution […]
Monday 19 December, 6pmKEY SPEAKER: TIM BARNETTNew Zealand MP who introduced decriminalisationHe is in London only for one day. Don’t miss him!Tent City University, Occupy London Stock Exchange, St Paul’s, EC4M 8ADTim Barnett sponsored the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised prostitution in New Zealand, making it the first country to do so. This is the model law based […]