Prostitution Reform Act 2003

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Prostitution Reform Act 2003

Public Act
2003 No 28
Date of assent
27 June 2003
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


5Definition of operator
6Act binds the Crown
7Contract for provision of commercial sexual services not void
8Operators of businesses of prostitution must adopt and promote safer sex practices
9Sex workers and clients must adopt safer sex practices
10Application of Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
11Restrictions on advertising commercial sexual services
12Bylaws controlling signage advertising commercial sexual services
13Procedure for making bylaws
14Bylaws regulating location of brothels
15Resource consents in relation to businesses of prostitution
16Inducing or compelling persons to provide commercial sexual services or earnings from prostitution
17Refusal to provide commercial sexual services
18Refusal to work as sex worker does not affect entitlements
19Application of Immigration Act 2009
20No person may assist person under 18 years in providing commercial sexual services
21No person may receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by person under 18 years
22No person may contract for commercial sexual services from, or be client of, person under 18 years
23Offence to breach prohibitions on use in prostitution of persons under 18 years
24Purpose of inspection
26Powers to enter and inspect compliance with health and safety requirements
27Entry of homes
28Requirements when carrying out inspection
29Obstructing inspectors
30Warrant for Police to enter
31Form and content of warrant [Repealed]
32Powers conferred by warrant [Repealed]
33Requirements when executing warrant [Repealed]
34Operators of businesses of prostitution to hold certificates
35Application for, and grant of, certificates
36Disqualification from holding certificate
37Waiver of disqualification
38Expiry, renewal, and replacement of certificate
39Cancellation of certificate
40Operator to produce certificate on request
41Court records
42Review of operation of Act and related matters
43Prostitution Law Review Committee
44Other provisions on appointment, removal, term, and resignation of members
45Remuneration of members
46Procedure of Prostitution Law Review Committee
48Repeals coming into force on day after Royal assent
49Repeals and revocations coming into force when Part 3 comes into force
50Consequential amendments
51Transitional provisions for past offences