Alice Snedden's Bad News: Migrant Sex Workers
Sex work was made legal in New Zealand in 2003, but not for everyone. In this episode, Alice asks why migrant sex workers still aren’t legally allowed to operate in this country. Funhouse Brothel owner Madam Mary gives Alice a tour of her premises, where she's forced to face down her own prudishness, before Dame Catherine Healy from the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective and Hannah*, a migrant sex worker, share their perspectives on the legislation. Finally, Alice confronts immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway** for the government's take on the matter. Is it protection or discrimination? How is it harming our migrant community? And why is it any of our business?
* Not their real name.
** No longer the immigration minister.
Commissioned by RNZ and made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.
Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers). Some language may offend.