Call it what it is – Prostitution

NZ criticised for sex-trafficking and slavery
NZ Herald 20 June 2012
New Zealand has been named as a “source country” for sex trafficking of underage girls and a destination country for forced labour in a sharply critical report released by the US State Department. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the annual Trafficking in Persons report in Washington DC this morning. It accuses New Zealand of having a small number of girls and boys, often of Maori or Pacific Island descent, who are trafficked domestically as street prostitutes. They can be the victim of gang trafficking rings, the report said. Foreign women from China and Southeast Asia are sometimes recruited to become prostitutes in New Zealand and may be at risk of coercive practices, it said. The report also takes aim at the violent and abusive conditions allegedly in place on some foreign-flagged fishing vessels in New Zealand waters.


7 comments for “Call it what it is – Prostitution

  1. 19 June 2012 at 10:27 pm

    What was the point of muddying the waters surrounding this issue by confusing trafficking with prostitution.

    Prostitution is quite legal and is regulated. Trafficking is illegal.

    The objective of the report by the State Department is to outline what is being done to prevent it by the countries involved. NZ fairs quite well in the report, the only real issue is that our legislation isn’t quite up to standard. A point that is being addressed.

    So, was there a point to this? A point beyond a cheap attempt to insinuate that our countries stance on prostitution is somehow bad, that is.

  2. Bob
    19 June 2012 at 11:33 pm


    Try telling that to the underage prostitutes being pimped by their uncle in South Auckland

  3. David Favel
    20 June 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The problem as I see it is at least twofold.
    Firstly, if you engage an underage prostitute, both you and the prostitute are breaking laws. So prosecute them!
    The second point is that at my age, I would not be able to tell the difference between a 15 year old and an 18 year old. Should the “johns” ask for proof of age?

  4. EternalNeophyte
    21 June 2012 at 12:15 am

    So, because some tiny number of people break the law, it’s a bad law and should be repealed?

    By that logic the bible is a terrible basis for morality because people sin.

  5. Bob
    21 June 2012 at 2:00 am

    No. Its a bad law because it exploits vulnerable women and men, and encourages men to objectify people. It’s simply financial rape.

  6. Rhona
    21 June 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I am honestly wondering whether the Prostitutes Collective is partially correct on this one. It talks about ‘survival sex’, in which underage prostitutes are forced to barter their bodies for money,temporary shelter and take their chances with predatory clients because they’re homeless or itinerant. Are our hardhearted country’s welfare ‘reforms’ partially responsible for this?
    I agree, the clients of these girls should face criminal prosecution. By definition, they are pedophiles unless the girl is over sixteen. Even then, the law says prostitution is legal at eighteen.

  7. Ann
    25 June 2012 at 9:59 am

    it is noteworthy that you can’t find just one single country with legalised prostitution, which has an exact overwiev over it’s sexindustry. Not one.
    Instead they have a lot of illegal – and hidden – prostitution, where trafficked women and children are sold.
    And yes – trafficking is a consequence of legal prostitution. It is obviously, that the constantly demand for new women in the sex trade can’t be coped with by normal supply – furthermore the local prostitutes are too expensive and don’t want to sell sex without condoms and as the customers don’t ask questions (and actually don’t care) it is so easy for the traffickers to do their business. So whatever the supporters of prostitution is trying to make us believe (or trying to convince themself) trafficking in human beings for the sex industry is a consequence of legal prostitution.

    Even the Germans has established that in a study: Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking? Seo-Young Cho, Axel Dreher, Eric Neumayer spet. 2011.

    Demand creates prostitution – prostitution creates trafficking. Shortly said: Demand creates trafficking.

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