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Decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand – update on the review of the first five years

May 26th, 2008

Dr Petra

Last week we heard results from New Zealand about their review of decriminalisation of prostitution. Results may surprise some critics of decriminalisation as while levels of violence appear to still be problematic, other expected problems (such as an increase in trafficking or associated social problems with prostitution) have not been measured.

Michael Goodyear provides an excellent overview of the latest report and debates around it in his summary over at Sex in the Public Square. This includes a brief summary of responses to the report and main outcomes. A link to the review of decriminalisation in New Zealand is also included.

This is of interest to any journalists, members of the public and academics covering current sex work debates. The New Zealand case is a good example of how to carry out a review, and how to consider evidence – something that the UK and other countries could definitely learn from.

Any comments about this story or questions for Michael can be added over at Sex and the Public Square.

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