The health and safety of sex workers in a decriminalised environment : the New Zealand experience

Dr Gillian Abel

Sex work in New Zealand was decriminalised through the enactment of the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) in 2003 which provided sex workers with the same legal, employment and health and safety rights as people in other occupations. Five years on, a review of the Act has concluded that it has been effective in achieving its purpose, which was to minimise the harm experienced by sex workers.

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Government
Recorded at the the 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health - Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge Göteborg (Sweden) - June 21 – 25, 2009

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Dr Gillian Abel

'Gillian’s early background was in haematology before taking a career change to public health. She joined the Department of Public Health and General Practice at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1997 and has since been involved in a number of research projects. She has also been involved in providing the Early Community Contact programme to 2nd and 3rd year medical students since 1998.' 

Co-authors: Lisa Fitzgerald, Cheryl Brunton
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