Prostitution Reform Act 2003

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Prostitution Reform Act
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New Zealand Parliament
Royal assent27 June 2003
Commenced28 June 2003
Administered byMinistry of Justice
Introduced byTim Barnett
Related legislation
Massage Parlours Act 1978
Status: Current legislation

The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 is an Act of Parliament that decriminalised prostitution in New Zealand.[1][2] The act also gave new rights to sex workers.[3] It has attracted international attention, although its reception has been mixed.[3][4] The Act repealed the Massage Parlours Act 1978 and the associated regulations.[5]

Purpose of Act[edit]

Section 3 of the Act defines its purpose:

The purpose of this Act is to decriminalise prostitution (while not endorsing or morally sanctioning prostitution or its use) and to create a framework that—

(a) safeguards the human rights of sex workers and protects them from exploitation:
(b) promotes the welfare and occupational health and safety of sex workers:
(c) is conducive to public health:
(d) prohibits the use in prostitution of persons under 18 years of age:
(e) implements certain other related reforms.
— Prostitution Reform Act 2003 s3[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prostitution Law Reform in New Zealand". New Zealand Parliament. July 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ Healy, Catherine (20 June 2018). "Commentary: New Zealand's full decriminalisation means police and sex workers collaborate to try to reduce violence". BMJ. 361: k2666. doi:10.1136/bmj.k2666. ISSN 0959-8138. PMID 29925627. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Armstrong, Lynzi (29 May 2017). "Decriminalisation is the only way to protect sex workers – New Zealand has proved it". The Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ Bindel, Julie (30 April 2018). "Prostitution is not a job. The inside of a woman's body is not a workplace". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ Prostitution Reform Act 2003, Part 4 Miscellaneous provisions
  6. ^ "Prostitution Reform Act 2003 No 28 (as at 26 November 2018), Public Act 3 Purpose". New Zealand Legislation. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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