Has decriminalization impacted on the non-work contexts of sex workers lives? A preliminary analysis of in-depth interviews with New Zealand sex workers.

Lisa J Fitzgerald

Public health professionals have long advocated for the decriminalization of the sex industry for the protection and promotion of sex workers heatlh and well-being.  In June 2003, the sex industry in New Zealand was decriminalized through the enactement of the Prostitution Reform Act.  The Prostitution Reform Act repealed all laws associated with prostitution and recognised that sex workers were entitled to the same rights and privileges accorded to any other occupational group.  But what has been the impact of decriminalization on sex workers' everyday lives?  Has decriminalization promoted sex workers health and wellbeing both in their work and non-work contexts?

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

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Lisa J Fitzgerald

Public health sociologist with research interests in qualitative research using participatory research methods with marginalised and vulnerable populations, gender, sexual health, young people and social determinants of health. Dr Fitzgerald is currently lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

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