Brothel operators' and support agencies' experiences of decriminalisation

Elaine Mossman

in Taking the crime out of sex work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423344
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303664 | DOI:
Brothel operators' and support agencies' experiences of decriminalisation

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This chapter is based on the Victoria University of Wellington research project that was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice. The research was commissioned to assist the Prostitution Law Review Committee in its review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act (PRA). It examined the perspectives on the PRA of those who had been able to observe firsthand the impact of the Act on sex workers and the sex industry. The project involved interviewing the brothel owners and operators, and the non-government organisations that were active in providing support, advocacy, education, and health services to sex workers. Interviews with these groups ascertained their level of support for the PRA prior to and after its implementation. In the chapter, the views of the brothel operators and support agencies on the effectiveness of the PRA in meeting its stated objective are noted. The project examined the provisions of the PRA on: wealth; health and safety; conditions of employment; system of certification; assistance to those leaving the industry; persons under 18 years of age; and territorial authorities. While there are exceptions, the overall view was that the sex industry was satisfied with the provisions of the PRA. Those in brothel operations and support agencies felt that with time and increased monitoring and enforcement of its provisions, the positive intentions behind the PRA could be more fully realised.

Keywords: Victoria University; Ministry of Justice; review; Prostitution Reform Act; brothel owners; brothel operators; non-government organisations; support agencies; health and safety; conditions of employment

Chapter.  9200 words. 

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