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Taking the crime out of sex work : New Zealand sex workers' fight for decriminalisation /
edited by Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald and Catherine Healy with Aline Taylor
Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Policy Press, 2010
viii, 271 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
1847423345, 9781847423344
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Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Policy Press, 2010
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Includes bibliographical references and index
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gillian Abel is a senior public health lecturer and researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has research expertise in the areas of public health and sex work. Lisa Fitzgerald is a public health sociologist and social science lecturer in the School of population Health, University of Queensland Australia. Catherine Healy is a founding member of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, and is currently the national coordinator. Aline Taylor comes from a background in anthropology, with a particular interest in researching issues on development, sport and gender.
Review Quotes
A major contribution to our understanding of prostitution when it is decriminalised and regulated by the government. The authors offer a path-breaking analysis of the New Zealand experience, and show that decriminalisation can be a superior alternative to the common policy of criminalisation. Ronald Weitzer, Professor of Sociology, George Washington University, USA
This superb collection speaks to the international community as it truly is a one-stop guide to the politics and policies of prostitution in New Zealand, which demonstrates how to regulate sex work without moral judgement. Teela Sanders, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Leeds, UK
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Main Description
New Zealand was the first country in the world to decriminalise all sectors of sex work. This book provides an in-depth look at New Zealand's experience of decriminalisation. It provides first-hand views and experiences of this policy from the point of view of those involved in the sex industry, as well as people involved in developing, implementing, researching and reviewing the policies. Presenting an example of radical legal reform in an area of current policy debate it will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduates as well as policy makers and activists.
Table of Contents
List of tables and figuresp. iv
Notes on contributorsp. v
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Lead-up to the passing of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act
Of whalers, diggers and 'soiled doves': a history of the sex industry in New Zealandp. 25
History of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collectivep. 45
Lobbying for decriminalisationp. 57
The Prostitution Reform Actp. 75
Several sides to this story: feminist views of prostitution reformp. 85
Implementation and impact of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act: the first five years
Review of the Prostitution Reform Actp. 105
Brothel operators' and support agencies' experiences of decriminalisationp. 119
The (continuing) regulation of prostitution by local authoritiesp. 141
Christchurch School of Medicine study: methodology and methodsp. 159
Becoming inspectors of brothels: public health authorities' experience of implementing the Prostitution Reform Actp. 173
The media and the Prostitution Reform Actp. 197
Risk and risk management in sex work post-Prostitution Reform Act: a public health perspectivep. 217
Decriminalisation and stigmap. 239
Conclusionp. 259
Indexp. 265
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