Jason Hewett was the Area Commander for Counties Manukau West in South Auckland from 2012 to 2016. Jason worked with the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) to better manage street-based sex work at Hunters Corner in South Auckland after controversial residents' vigilante action against outdoor sex workers.
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 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.
Jason talks here about the role of New Zealand Police in ‘policing’ sex work under decriminalisation, how the relationship between sex workers and the police has changed positively since decriminalisation, he also responds to historical allegations of under age sex workers operating in South Auckland and to recent media scare stories about sex trafficking in New Zealand.