Faces Behind the Voices


The 2003 Prostitution Reform Act decriminalised sex work in New Zealand. Sex workers, brothel operators and third parties are no longer criminalised and now have equal access to justice, health and employment rights just like anyone else.


Q&A: Ahi Wi-Hongi doesn’t need to be rescued

Ahi Wi-Hongi is a current sex worker based in New Zealand working with the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) in a Community Liaison role. Ahi is an activist for transgender people’s rights in New Zealand with Gender Minorities Aotearoa. They talk here about how decriminalisation has improved sex workers’ relationship with the New Zealand police and why the safety of sex workers has improved under decriminalisation.


Can the police ever be friends to sex workers?

Former New Zealand Police Area Commander Jason Hewett talks about why laws decriminalising sex work in New Zealand have improved the rights of sex workers.


A New Zealand Feminist’s View of the Decriminalisation of Sex Work

Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand MP Jan Logie talks about why she supports the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act that decriminalised sex work in New Zealand.


Perspectives on public health and sex work in New Zealand

Sex workers’ health and safety are significant aspects of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act but what do health and safety actually entail from a public health perspective?