The impact of decriminalization of the sex industry on New Zealand sex workers: some early observations on health and safety within work environments.

Dr Gillian Abel

In June 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work through the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA). This legislation, while not endorsing or morally sanctioning prostitution or its use, enables sex workers to operate in a work place where they have rights including occupational health and safety rights. In many countries, including New Zealand, harm minimisation is the predominant philosophy underpinning HIV/AIDS and STI control and informs public health policy. The priority has been to reduce disease transmission through advice on safer sexual practices and to help in the implementation of such practices.

 
 
 
 
 
Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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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.' 

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