The New Zealand Model Sex work is decriminalised in Aotearoa It is not against the law to work as a sex worker or operate a brothel, nor is it against the law to pay for sexual services. It is also illegal to do sex work if you are visiting New Zealand on a temporary visa. These issues are discussed below. New Zealand is the only country in the world with a law which aims to uphold the human rights of sex workers and to decriminalise prostitution.
The sex industry in New Zealand: A literature review » The Hub
In , New Zealand became the first country in the world to fully decriminalise both the selling and, controversially, the buying of sex. The ambition of the law was that sex workers could work more safely in groups or with professional managers in brothels. Should something go wrong, sex workers should feel more empowered to go to the police or colleagues without fear of incriminating themselves. Bindel, and fellow supporters of outright abolition, argue that reform has worsened the relationship with the police, many of whom are wilfully ignorant of issues of consent in the sex industry and turn a blind eye to its violence.
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In order to be able to assess and review the impact of this legislation it is necessary to establish current benchmarks. This literature review was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to provide an assessment of the state of the sex industry in New Zealand in the years leading up to the passage of the Act. It includes an examination of sex worker safety, sex worker exploitation, health issues and the prostitution of persons under 18 years of age. It also examines overseas models of prostitution law reform and considers evaluations of Australian prostitution law reform. The review gathers together studies and literature on the sex industry in New Zealand published prior to June
The Bay of Islands and in particular the town of Kororareka was notorious for this and brothels proliferated. In some cases, the sex may have been part of a wider partnership between a tribe and a ship's crew, akin to a temporary marriage alliance. The amount of choice women had about their participation seems to have varied. Throughout this period there was a severe gender imbalance in the settler population and women were in short supply.