Protections for sex workers

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

(1)

No person may do anything described in subsection (2) with the intent of inducing or compelling another person (person A) to—

(a)

provide, or to continue to provide, commercial sexual services to any person; or

(b)

provide, or to continue to provide, to any person any payment or other reward derived from commercial sexual services provided by person A.

(2)

The acts referred to in subsection (1) are any explicit or implied threat or promise that any person (person B) will—

(a)

improperly use, to the detriment of any person, any power or authority arising out of—

(i)

any occupational or vocational position held by person B; or

(ii)

any relationship existing between person B and person A:

(b)

commit an offence that is punishable by imprisonment:

(c)

make an accusation or disclosure (whether true or false)—

(i)

of any offence committed by any person; or

(ii)

of any other misconduct that is likely to damage seriously the reputation of any person; or

(iii)

that any person is unlawfully in New Zealand:

(d)

supply, or withhold supply of, any controlled drug within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

(3)

Every person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

Section 16(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).