During the fifth anniversary of the legalization of prostitution in New Zealand, what has come to light are the positive feelings of sex workers who feel protected and safe under the new law.
The Prostitution Reform Act has put health and safety guidelines for prostitutes in place and according to the act, prostitutes must practice safe sex. They are also covered under employment law.
A follow up of the benefits of such an act conducted by the Justice Ministry found that 90 per cent of sex workers were happy with the legislation. More importantly prostitutes were in a better position to bring violence and abuse to notice.
"People in this business are now out in the light, there are many people and agencies who are able to help," committee chairman Paul Fitzharris said.
Prostitutes were happy that the law had enhanced their working conditions. A prostitute said, "One of the biggest advantages of the law is having legal back-up. From time to time you get clients who want to have sex without protection. Generally they accept [having to wear a condom] but if they try and keep on arguing, you have some basis to tell them to leave."