Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Public Act2003 No 28
Date of assent27 June 2003
Commencementsee section 2

Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


Contents

1 Title

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

2 Commencement

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

5 Definition of operator

6 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Commercial sexual services

Contracts for commercial sexual services not void

7 Contract for provision of commercial sexual services not void

Health and safety requirements

8 Operators of businesses of prostitution must adopt and promote safer sex practices

9 Sex workers and clients must adopt safer sex practices

10 Application of Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

Advertising restrictions

11 Restrictions on advertising commercial sexual services

Territorial authority may make bylaws

12 Bylaws controlling signage advertising commercial sexual services

13 Procedure for making bylaws

14 Bylaws regulating location of brothels

Resource consents

15 Resource consents in relation to businesses of prostitution

Protections for sex workers

16 Inducing or compelling persons to provide commercial sexual services or earnings from prostitution

17 Refusal to provide commercial sexual services

Protections for persons refusing to work as sex workers

18 Refusal to work as sex worker does not affect entitlements

Application of Immigration Act 1987

19 Application of Immigration Act 2009

Prohibitions on use in prostitution of persons under 18 years

20 No person may assist person under 18 years in providing commercial sexual services

21 No person may receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by person under 18 years

22 No person may contract for commercial sexual services from, or be client of, person under 18 years

23 Offence to breach prohibitions on use in prostitution of persons under 18 years

Powers to enter and inspect compliance with health and safety requirements

24 Purpose of inspection

25 Inspectors

26 Powers to enter and inspect compliance with health and safety requirements

27 Entry of homes

28 Requirements when carrying out inspection

29 Obstructing inspectors

Powers of entry

30 Warrant for Police to enter

31 Form and content of warrant [Repealed]

32 Powers conferred by warrant [Repealed]

33 Requirements when executing warrant [Repealed]

Part 3
Operator certificates

34 Operators of businesses of prostitution to hold certificates

35 Application for, and grant of, certificates

36 Disqualification from holding certificate

37 Waiver of disqualification

38 Expiry, renewal, and replacement of certificate

39 Cancellation of certificate

40 Operator to produce certificate on request

41 Court records

Part 4
Miscellaneous provisions

Review of operation of Act and related matters by Prostitution Law Review Committee

42 Review of operation of Act and related matters

43 Prostitution Law Review Committee

44 Other provisions on appointment, removal, term, and resignation of members

45 Remuneration of members

46 Procedure of Prostitution Law Review Committee

Regulations

47 Regulations

Repeals, amendments, and transitional provisions

48 Repeals coming into force on day after Royal assent

49 Repeals and revocations coming into force when Part 3 comes into force

50 Consequential amendments

51 Transitional provisions for past offences

Schedule
Consequential amendments to enactments

Reprint notes