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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hookers happy with law change

Hookers happy with law change
Sex workers feel safer since prostitution was decriminalised, politicians have been told. To mark the fifth anniversary of MPs voting for decriminalisation, sex industry representatives and politicians gathered at Parliament yesterday. The Prostitution Reform Act makes it compulsory for prostitutes to practise safe sex; gives them coverage under employment law; and introduced occupational health and safety guidelines to the trade. A Justice Ministry committee's review of the act found that 90 per cent of sex workers felt the legislation had given them rights and more than two-thirds felt they were able to report violence and abuse to the police.

There is an issue with decriminalization that the Government haven’t really sorted out, now while I agree with prostitution decriminalization on the grounds of freedom and health and security for prostitutes the problem for me is that there isn’t a regulatory body that is checking up on the place of business to enforce health and safety practices and make sure the women there are in fact choosing to work here and I don’t believe any woman who has crossed a border to work here as a prostitute should be able to work here as it opens the industry up to abuse by organized traffickers. While it was a feel good moment to extend protections to women who work in a dangerous profession, flinging the door open without funding the checks and balances is simply irresponsible.


At 26/6/08 8:00 am, Blogger Steve Withers said...

It's illegal for people without a visa to work in NZ so anyone crossing a border to work in a brothel is an immigration problem right from the start. Already illegal whether willing or not.

At 26/6/08 8:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OF course!

Some more public servants, a manager or ten, a chief poohbah officer to make it all happen, twenty or thirty policy analysts of varying grades, and then regional offices at least ten people in each,) and finally NZQA qualifications for testers and inspectors.

After all, the dept of labour isn't supposed to check up on the adherance of businesses to the law is it?

What's that you say ? Um!

At 26/6/08 10:11 am, Blogger Molerats said...

Are you suggesting someone stand over them while they joey up, that they dispose of their remnants in a kiwi clean manner?

All in the name of occupational healt and safety?

I dont think anybody wants to oversee that do they?

Except maybe Rodney Hide.

I get the feeling i missed your point completely. Maybe on purpose.

At 27/6/08 11:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there should be NZQA qualifications for the hookers. The level of service is the pits sometimes and if you're paying $220a pop I expect a little more than starfish action.


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