Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


“Nordic Model” of Prostitution Should Be Adopted in NZ


27 February 2014

Nordic Model” of Prostitution Should Be Adopted in NZ

Family First NZ is welcoming a decision by the European parliament overnight to back the ‘Nordic model’ of prostitution which legalises the selling of sex but criminalises buying it, and says that New Zealand should follow the lead and adopt similar legislation.

The vote will put pressure on member states to follow their lead. The London MEP and Labour spokeswoman for women in Europe, Mary Honeyball, who put forward the resolution said

This punishes men who treat women's bodies as a commodity, without criminalising women who are driven into sex work. The idea that prostitution is the oldest profession leads some to think we should accept it as a fact of life, that all we can do is regulate it a little better. This course of action leads to an increase in prostitution levels, normalising the purchase of sex and ingraining the inequalities which sustain the sex industry."

“The EU decision is the correct one and sets an important example and precedent for New Zealand. It was completely wrong for the state to legitimise the exploitation of women who are so vulnerable. True equality can’t exist where men can exploit women and sometimes other men through prostitution,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“For a woman to sell her body she has to be in desperate circumstances and therefore the sale is not really a genuine choice. In effect, the decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand should have been labelled as the ‘Pimp Protection Legislation’.”

“The fallout from the naïve decriminalisation of prostitution has affected both residential areas and family shopping areas and the local councils have been powerless to act,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“It has been a community disaster harming families, businesses, and the welfare of workers caught in the industry. Communities throughout NZ have been trying to deal with the ‘hospital pass’ given by the politicians when they passed this law. It’s time they now fixed the law. The EU stance is the right way to go.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



#soperraid: Police Search Wellington Apartment Of TV3 Journalist

Police on Tuesday morning began searching the home of another Wellington journalist... police were searching the Wellington apartment of TV3’s Heather du Plessis-Allan as part of an investigation into her report on the unlicensed purchase of a rifle. More>>


Relationship Property, Declaratory Judgments, And... New Law Commission To Review Search And Surveillance Law

“This joint review will consider how this law has operated since it was passed, and whether any changes are needed to respond to issues such as the impact of modern technology on the ability of Police and other authorities to prevent and investigate crime,” says Ms Adams. More>>


Housing Issues: Homelessness On The Horizon For Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers who have held down jobs and contributed to the well-being of New Zealand through their taxes may yet become homeless in late middle age or early retirement without urgent Government action, says The Salvation Army. More>>


Treasury Has Doubts On Christchurch Rebuild And... Auditor-General Follows Up On EQC

Despite the improvements made, EQC could still learn better from complaints and improve its customer focus and interactions... Although the programme is nearing completion, EQC needs to provide the best service possible for the home owners whose homes are still to be repaired. More>>


Man Who Banned 'Into The River' Out The Door: Appointments To The Film And Literature Board Of Review

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has announced seven appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review... “The new members of the Board... will provide a strong mix of skills and experience to help the Board carry out its functions, while representing a cross-section of society.” More>>


Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news