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Increasing Sexual Freedom and Rights: How Sex Work Legislation Decreases Violence and Exploitation

August 16 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

This session presents a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project in consultation with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Having decriminalized prostitution in 2003 as a result of the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA), New Zealand is the only country in the world to have decriminalized prostitution, and is therefore an ideal location to learn how this legislative model impacts sexual freedom, human rights, and violence and exploitation in the sex industry. The workshop begins with overview of the different models used to legislate prostitution around the world and explains the differences between sex work and trafficking. The data shared from this CBPR project is based on three months of field work in New Zealand and interviews with 33 sex workers and 34 individuals who work closely with sex workers (including brothel operators, clients, social service agents, health professionals, and others, many of whom were also sex workers or had been sex workers in the past).

Specifically, this workshop explains:
• How harms are reduced and/or perpetuated in an environment where prostitution is decriminalized and this legislative model’s impact on sexual freedom;
• How decriminalization of prostitution is a human-rights based framework that aids sex workers in controlling their work environment and lives to increase their satisfaction in their work and to reduce harms perpetuated against them;
• Examples of how sex workers describe the freedom they feel in their work and how their human rights are respected and upheld;
• Examples of how sex workers are able to recognize, prevent, resist, and recover from violence, and the strategies they use to reduce harms committed against them;
• How sex workers control their work to greater and lesser degrees, and how this control impacts their job satisfaction, agency, and experience of sex work and sexual freedom.

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Date:
August 16
Time:
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
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Venue

Birch