This is something that the NSWP vehemently rejects, opposing ‘all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work’ as well as limits on ‘how, when and where sex work happens’.
New Zealand is commonly the go-to case study of a fully decriminalised prostitution regime, repeatedly invoked as an exemplar by the Open Society Foundations in their report ‘Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work’ (2012).
Seven years on, a government evaluation concluded that pimping was ‘still a very common phenomenon’ and ‘does not seem to have decreased’.
What the laws official review uncovered in 2008 only highlights what a thoroughly ludicrous proposition this was.
A survey of those paid for sex in managed brothels found that, in the previous 12 months alone, 38 per cent ‘felt they had to accept a client when they didnt want to’.
Yet a recent assessment by researchers at VU University Amsterdam concluded that ‘the screening of brothel owners and the monitoring of the compliance of licensing conditions do not create levels of transparency that enable sex trafficking to be exposed’.
Quite the contrary, in fact: ‘The regulation has hidden the legalised sector from the view of the criminal justice system’. human trafficking still thrives behind the legal façade of a legalised prostitution sector.
Since the prostitution trade was legalised in 2002, a chain of so-called ‘mega-brothels’ have opened their doors. It cost more than €6 million to build, and houses 31 private rooms.