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Safety in the New Zealand sex industry


  • Laura Meriluoto
  • Rachel Webb
  • Annick Masselot
  • Sussie Morrish
  • Gillian Abel


The paper uses 2006 survey data to examine sex workers' safety in the post-decriminalised sex industry in New Zealand. We use probit analysis to examine institutional and individual factors that affect the likelihood of sex workers experiencing physical and sexual violence, theft and threats by clients. We find that alcohol and/or drug dependency more than doubles the risk of violence across the three sectors within the industry. After controlling for individual factors, including alcohol and drug use, we find no significant sectorial differences for the probability of violence, while the street sector has more theft and threats than the other sectors.

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  • Laura Meriluoto & Rachel Webb & Annick Masselot & Sussie Morrish & Gillian Abel, 2015. "Safety in the New Zealand sex industry," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(3), pages 296-317, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:49:y:2015:i:3:p:296-317
    DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2015.1041548

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    1. Teela Sanders, 2004. "The Risks of Street Prostitution: Punters, Police and Protesters," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 41(9), pages 1703-1717, August.
    2. Shannon, Kate & Kerr, Thomas & Allinott, Shari & Chettiar, Jill & Shoveller, Jean & Tyndall, Mark W., 2008. "Social and structural violence and power relations in mitigating HIV risk of drug-using women in survival sex work," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 66(4), pages 911-921, February.
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