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Sex Work and the New Zealand Model

Decriminalisation and Social Change

Edited by Gillian Abel and Lynzi Armstrong

Published

22 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529205763

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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22 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

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    More than fifteen years have passed since the law regarding sex workers in New Zealand has changed and as a model it has been endorsed as best practice by international organisations, leading scholars and sex worker-led organisations. Yet in some corners, speculation is ongoing regarding its impacts on the ground.

    Written by an international group of experts, this ground-breaking collection provides the much-needed in-depth research into how decriminalisation is playing out in sex worker’s lives and how different groups of sex workers are experiencing it, while uncovering the challenges and tensions that remains to be negotiated in this field.

    Using the evidence from New Zealand, it makes an invaluable contribution to the international debates regarding sex work laws and the global struggle to realise sex worker’s rights.

    Lynzi Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington.

    Gillian Abel is a Professor and Head of the Department of Population Health at the University of Otago.

    Introduction ~ Lynzi Armstrong and Gillian Abel

    Part One ~ Legislative Change in Aotearoa/New Zealand

    ‘On the Clients’ Terms’: Sex Work in New Zealand Before Decriminalisation ~ Jan Jordan

    Stepping Forward Into the Light of Decriminalisation ~ Dame Catherine Healy, Annah Pickering and Chanel Hati

    The Future of Feminism and Sex Work Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand ~ Carisa Showden

    Part Two ~ The Diversity of Sex Workers in Aotearoa/New Zealand

    The Impacts of Decriminalisation for Trans Sex Workers: Work Conditions, Interactions With Law Enforcement and Stigma ~ Fairleigh Gilmour

    Fear of Trafficking or Implicit Prejudice?: Migrant Sex Workers and the Impacts of Section 19 ~ Lynzi Armstrong, Gillian Abel, and Michael Roguski

    “I Know That My Dollar Doesn’t Mean I’ve Got Any Power or Control Over Them”: Clients Speak Out About Purchasing Sex in New Zealand ~ Shannon Mower

    Part Three ~ Perceptions of Sex Workers in Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Genuinely Keen to Work: Sex Work, Emotional Labour, and the News Media ~ Gwyn Easterbrook-Smith

    The Disclosure Dilemma: Stigma and Talking About Sex Work in the Decriminalised Context ~ Lynzi Armstrong and Cherida Fraser

    Contested Space: Street-Based Sex Workers and Community Engagement ~ Gillian Abel