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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 46; doi:10.3390/socsci6020046

New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective—An Example of a Successful Policy Actor

Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Marulićev trg 19, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
Academic Editor: Leslie Jeffrey
Received: 27 February 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 3 May 2017 / Published: 9 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sex Workers’ Rights: Looking toward the Future)
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The New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) is a unique example of a sex workers’ rights organisation which is an important actor in prostitution policy. The NZPC has had a significant impact on prostitution laws, managing to achieve the decriminalisation of sex work in New Zealand, which distinguishes it from many other studied organisations. Indeed, the literature on sex workers’ rights organisations notes their relative failure in terms of their impact on prostitution law and policy, identifying the following hurdles: the lack of a common identity and solidarity among sex workers, their stigmatisation, problems with organisational leadership and membership, lack of resources and challenging relationships with allies. This article analyses the role of the NZPC in prostitution policy in New Zealand, particularly in the adoption of the decriminalisation model, and examines the key factors for its success in light of the literature on sex workers’ rights organisations. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex workers rights; sex workers’ organisations; NZPC; hurdles for political organising and law reform; success factors sex workers rights; sex workers’ organisations; NZPC; hurdles for political organising and law reform; success factors
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Radačić, I. New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective—An Example of a Successful Policy Actor. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 46.

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