National Office: 204 Willis Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. Postal address: PO Box 11-412, Manners Street, Wellington 6142, New Zealand.
Who do you work with?:
NZPC works with all sex workers, female, male and transgender; street based, brothel based and private, throughout New Zealand
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are involved at all levels in our organisation, in leadership, board, management, and staff.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
Most sex workers have the legal right to work in New Zealand, but encounter discrimination and stigma, which prevents them from challenging both work place and external situations that impinge on their rights. There are sex workers who are working underground as they are not permanent residents or citizens, and we are supporting them in the situations they face.
Describe other areas of your work:
We provide comprehensive rights based sexual and reproductive health services, advice on employment rights and occupational safety and health, community drop in centres, outreach services, policy advice to government and non-government agencies, and collaborate on research projects that recognise sex work as work.