"Sex workers have the same human rights as other workers"
February 28, 2014 6:33 PM Subscribe
A sex worker has been awarded $25,000
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as compensation for sexual harassment from her manager.The Herald's coverage
Full text of the decision
(pdf), which is the first or one of the first cases dealing with sexual harassment of sex workers.
A quick guide to the case:
paragraphs 8-44: Plaintiff's evidence.
paragraphs 55-65: Evidence of Catherine Healy, head of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective.
paragraphs 66-84: Defendants' evidence.
As in many cases involving workplace sexual harassment, the decision came down to an choice of believing the plaintiff and the defendant. This is the part to read if nothing else, paragraphs 84-99. Choice quote:
 The strong impression gained by the Tribunal was that he is a person over-confident of his abilities, if not arrogant. His self-described role as “protector” of the sex workers at the Kensington has led him to be overbearing and exploitative, thinking that his sex, size and management role have given him a licence to do as he wishes and to behave as he likes towards the sex workers at the Kensington.
The law is discussed and contextualized from paragraphs 99 onward. Choice quote:
 If in a brothel language or behaviour of a sexual nature could never be considered unwelcome or offensive sex workers would be denied the protection of the Human Rights Act.