Decriminalisation of Prostitution
Prostitution was made legal in New Zealand in 2004, after the passing of the Prostitution Reform Bill. The aim of the Bill was to try and protect the safety and rights of those involved in prostitution. In doing so it made it legal for small brothels to operate in residen-tial areas next to family homes, and failed to protect communities and families from the effects of street and underage prostitution. The Bill was controversial and passed by only a single vote majority.
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