Above: A picture from the SWAI Facebook page.
The Sex Workers Alliance takes the government to task as the highly contested Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill passes into being.
“The Government’s bill was driven by ideology not evidence. There was not meaningful consultation with this unique population carried out, and there was no baseline research done to be able to compare to in the future. Little if any attention was paid by the Justice Committee to the option of full decriminalisation, the safest and most effective model as in operation in New Zealand since 2003. When the Justice Committee went to Sweden they failed to engage at all with the sex worker organisation in Sweden, Rose Alliance.”
Read the rest of their statement here.