Bess manson, cameron burnell/stuff, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective co-founder Catherine Healy says this country is leading the way in sex workers' rights.
Their mantra is the same as it was when they started out, Healy says.
Dame Catherine Alice Healy, dnzm (born 1955/1956 is a New Zealand sex workers' rights activist, field researcher and former prostitute working for decriminalisation of prostitution and generally for the improvement of the sex work profession.
She was instrumental in bringing about a new law in 2003, which gave full employment rights to sex workers.At the university, she argued for decriminalisation of prostitution and won the debate.Soon after she became a sex worker herself and took a year's leave of absence from teaching.She was invited to the 2010 Oxford Debate arguing for decriminalising prostitution, and won convincingly.Prostitution Reform Act 2003 ; Healy was in the public gallery to witness the final vote.Healy, who had swapped her 400 yakuza prostitution business a week full-time salary for 2000 for part-time sex work, says the profession came with its own set of hurdles."I wanted to see more, do more, feel more.Involvement and Affiliations: National Co-ordinator, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective."She was very shocked and upset.A career leap from primary school teacher to sex worker was a curious move for Catherine Healy.2, contents, early life edit, healy grew up near, eastbourne, with three siblings and "liberal-minded" parents.Healy was living with her mother at the time and was open about her career change.It helped draft the Prostitution Reform Act, which was passed in 2003 and allowed brothels to operate as legitimate businesses.Healy is softly spoken but there's an underlying steely strength, one she harnessed for that Herculean task of bringing about change.Reform finally came with the passing of the Prostitution Reform Bill, effectively decriminalising prostitution on June 25, 2003.They were so knowing.Last updated on: 1/31/2008 8:52:00 AM PST.I wanted to break out.".Many had left school at an early age.Prostitution was finally decriminalised in New Zealand in 2003 after the implementation of the.