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Post-reform reflections on prostitution legislation: analysis of Phase I context-setting focus groups

Student: Tim Weir
Co-Supervisors: Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald
Sponsor: Public Health Theme

The sexual and personal health and safety of sex workers is an important public health issue, both in New Zealand as well as internationally. As many of the purposes of the PRA [Prostitution Reform Act] are health related, and sections 7 to 10 are specifically framed around safer sex practices and occupational health and safety, a comprehensive review would need to take into account whether the PRA has indeed had any impact on health and safety practices of sex workers. It would also be advantageous to know what sex workers know about the PRA and its implications for their work. This research will be informing the review of the PRA.