By Lisa Fitzgerald, Catherine Healy, Gillian Abel
New Zealand used to be the 1st nation on the planet to decriminalise all sectors of intercourse paintings. earlier legal or civil legislation governing intercourse paintings and comparable offences have been revoked in 2003 and intercourse employees grew to become topic to an identical controls and laws as the other occupational workforce. This ebook presents an in-depth examine New Zealand's adventure of decriminalisation. It offers first hand perspectives and adventure in this coverage from the perspective of these all in favour of the intercourse undefined, in addition to humans all in favour of constructing, imposing, getting to know and reviewing the regulations. useful comparisons pre- and post-decriminalisation are made, in accordance with examine within the intercourse ahead of decriminalisation. featuring an instance of radical criminal reform in a space of present coverage debate this booklet should be of curiosity to teachers, researchers and postgraduates in legal justice, political technology, sociology, gender reports and social coverage in addition to coverage makers and activists.
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Recent years have seen women occupying the roles of Prime Minister, Governor General and Chief Justice as well as an increasing number of chief executive roles and Cabinet positions. One of the first politicians to support prostitution law reform was the woman MP, Katherine O’Regan (Tyler, 1997), and the campaign drew support from a diverse range of women’s and community groups. Much of the campaign centred around the need to end the double standard that discriminated against sex workers, as well as the desirability of adopting a harm-minimisation approach.
New Zealand’s early history provides an essential back-drop to appreciating the later context leading to the decriminalisation of prostitution in 2003. Key themes evident by the end of the 19th century included a widespread acceptance of prostitution existing as long as this was not blatantly flaunted, with a corresponding justification of enforcement efforts to target its more visible, ‘rowdy’ face. Health concerns were accepted as a means to legitimate intervention, reflecting historical stereotypes of prostitutes as disease carriers, and some women’s groups were expressing growing concerns about the double standards that worked to men’s advantage, but at women’s expense.
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Taking the Crime out of Sex Work: New Zealand Sex Workers' Fight for Decriminalisation by Lisa Fitzgerald, Catherine Healy, Gillian Abel