Prostitution – After The Act

The architects of the New Zealand Prostitutes Reform Act (PRA) predicted a sex industry where ‘mac brothel’ type parlours, offering good working conditions and quality service, become the norm. This vision is not on track. One year after ground-breaking legislation to decriminalise prostitution in New Zealand, the sex industry is in turmoil.

The PRA’s aim of bringing prostitution out of the shadows and into the light of day is being subverted by Local Government. Newly drafted council by-laws restrict the location of brothels and are driving the sex industry back underground. Many sex workers are operating outside the legislation intended to safeguard their welfare and protect them from criminal liability.

Competition in the sex game is rife. With the influx of Asian sex workers, often working illegally, offering cut rates to lure new clients, non-Asian brothel owners are experiencing staff shortages as sex workers, empowered by the new legislation, leave to establish their own private sex quarters. There are also reports of a growing number of young teens selling sex on the streets.

Director Kirsten MacFarlane
Producer Laurie Clarke
Executive Producer Vincent Burke
Duration 1 x 44'
Rights Top Shelf Productions Limited

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