Dr Calum Bennachie PhD, The New Zealand Model, Advocate
Calum Bennachie formerly worked with NZPC as Programme and Operations Coordinator and is also a contributor to Taking the Crime Out of Sex Work: New Zealand Sex Workers' Fight for Decriminalisation.
The 2003 Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) decriminalised sex work in New Zealand (Aotearoa). Under decriminalisation, sex workers can choose to work with friends privately indoors for safety. Earning off of the proceeds of sex work through a commercial sex business (or brothel) is legal. Street-based sex workers work free of prosecution and police harassment and clients of sex workers are not criminalised. Under the New Zealand model, sex workers have access to the criminal justice system and to health and social services just like anyone else.
He talks here about why sex workers should be directly involved in consultation on legislation that affects them and what message the decriminalisation of prostitution sends to men in society. Calum responds to criticisms of the New Zealand model of decriminalisation that New Zealand’s size, lack of land borders, and presumed minimal migration mean that decriminalisation may not work in countries with land borders. Critics of decriminalisation also cite the murders of sex workers since decriminalisation as it’s failure, Calum responds here explaining that decriminalisation has improved the relationship with the police and that crimes against sex workers are now more likely to be reported and solved. Calum has written previously written for Feministing "Their Words are Killing us”: Violent Language of Anti-Sex Work Groups and is about to start work on a major global research project about migrant sex workers.
The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 // New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective [nzpc.org.nz/]