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It’s very important that you contact us to get free, independent information about working safely as a sex worker.
Information for Sex Workers in New Zealand Aotearoa

Our aim is to give you information that can support your rights, safety, health, and well being.

  • We have many practical tips about being a sex worker
  • We provide condoms and lube, and other safer sex products
  • We take confidentiality seriously, so you don’t have to give us your name or ID
  • There is no joining – if you are a sex worker you already belong
  • You can come to us or we can come to you – text, phone, or email us here
  • We can courier safer sex supplies and info to you anywhere in the country
  • You can come into our community drop in centres during opening hours, without an appointment, and meet us, pick up supplies, ask us questions, have a cup of tea and a chat

We are sex workers past and present, we understand sex work through direct experience, as well as through contact we have with many sex workers on a daily basis. We also have others who provide services  – such as the nurses and doctors who work in our clinics.

NZPC has 30+ years of sex workers’ experiences.

Information for Sex Workers in New Zealand Aotearoa

Our aim is to give you information that can support your rights, safety, health, and well being.

  • We have many practical tips about being a sex worker
  • We provide condoms and lube, and other safer sex products
  • We take confidentiality seriously, so you don’t have to give us your name or ID
  • There is no joining – if you are a sex worker you already belong
  • You can come to us or we can come to you – text, phone, or email us here
  • We can courier safer sex supplies and info to you anywhere in the country
  • You can come into our community drop in centres during opening hours, without an appointment, and meet us, pick up supplies, ask us questions, have a cup of tea and a chat

We are sex workers past and present, we understand sex work through direct experience, as well as through contact we have with many sex workers on a daily basis. We also have others who provide services  – such as the nurses and doctors who work in our clinics.

NZPC has 30+ years of sex workers’ experiences.

New Worker Pack

NZPC provides free New Worker Packs to sex workers. Both new and experienced sex workers find these useful.

They contain condoms, lube, and other safer sex supplies, as well as essential reading:

  • Stepping Forward – the sex worker’s manual
  • Doing it in Style – tips for transgender sex workers
  • PUMP – Pride and Unity for Male Prostitutes
  • Working in New Zealand – written in Chinese and English

Our guides have information on starting out, or continuing, as a sex worker. Each guide is packed with tips to work safely and smartly: from handling clients, to working with management, resolving disputes, managing risks and staying within the law.

You can collect a New Worker Pack from any of NZPC’s community centers, or we can courier one to you free of charge.

When it comes to managing clients, there are many ”tricks of the trade” which are best kept between sex workers rather than being available to clients and everyone else online, so it’s a great idea to come in and see us directly – you will love our demonstrations!

Sexual Health Clinics, Counseling, and Needle Exchange Services

We have free, confidential, and where possible anonymous sexual and reproductive health clinics at our Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch branches, and needle exchange services at out Auckland and Tauranga branches. There are also counselors available at some of our community bases.

New Worker Pack

NZPC provides free New Worker Packs to sex workers. Both new and experienced sex workers find these useful.

They contain condoms, lube, and other safer sex supplies, as well as essential reading:

  • Stepping Forward – the sex worker’s manual
  • Doing it in Style – tips for transgender sex workers
  • PUMP – Pride and Unity for Male Prostitutes
  • Working in New Zealand – written in Chinese and English

Our guides have information on starting out, or continuing, as a sex worker. Each guide is packed with tips to work safely and smartly: from handling clients, to working with management, resolving disputes, managing risks and staying within the law.

You can collect a New Worker Pack from any of NZPC’s community centers, or we can courier one to you free of charge.

When it comes to managing clients, there are many ”tricks of the trade” which are best kept between sex workers rather than being available to clients and everyone else online, so it’s a great idea to come in and see us directly – you will love our demonstrations!

Sexual Health Clinics, Counseling, and Needle Exchange Services

We have free, confidential, and where possible anonymous sexual and reproductive health clinics at our Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch branches, and needle exchange services at out Auckland and Tauranga branches. There are also counselors available at some of our community bases.

Being Self Employed, or Starting a Business

We have information about being self employed as an independent contractor, as well as setting up your own business – which includes information about tax, brothel operators certificates, city council bylaws, and Ministry of Health signs. You can find more info on the Brothel Operators page, or talk with us about this.

All Business Code of Conduct (The Business ABC)

Many New Zealand sex industry businesses, both big and small, are committed to conducting their affairs with the highest ethical and legal standards. NZPC developed The Business ABC with sex workers and brothel operators. It sets best practice guidelines for sex work businesses. It contains information about upholding rights and conditions, prevention of violence, hiring and contracting workers, privacy, workplace practices, alcohol and other drugs, as well as combating stigma.

The Business ABC is designed to be hung in your premises, for sex workers and other staff to view.

You can view and download the Business ABC here, or contact us to obtain a poster of the Code, learn more about implementing it, or provide feedback for future amendments.

Being Self Employed, or Starting a Business

We have information about being self employed as an independent contractor, as well as setting up your own business – which includes information about tax, brothel operators certificates, city council bylaws, and Ministry of Health signs. You can find more info on the Brothel Operators page, or talk with us about this.

All Business Code of Conduct (The Business ABC)

Many New Zealand sex industry businesses, both big and small, are committed to conducting their affairs with the highest ethical and legal standards. NZPC developed The Business ABC with sex workers and brothel operators. It sets best practice guidelines for sex work businesses. It contains information about upholding rights and conditions, prevention of violence, hiring and contracting workers, privacy, workplace practices, alcohol and other drugs, as well as combating stigma.

The Business ABC is designed to be hung in your premises, for sex workers and other staff to view.

You can view and download the Business ABC here, or contact us to obtain a poster of the Code, learn more about implementing it, or provide feedback for future amendments.

Immigration Laws Affect Sex Workers and Brothel Operators

If you need a work visa to be employed in New Zealand, you cannot legally come to this country and be a sex worker or brothel operator. If you hold a temporary visa, or if your permanent residency carries a special condition, you can be deported if you get caught working in the sex industry.

It is unlawful to assist anyone under the age of 18 in providing sexual services

If you are under the age of 18, you are not breaking the law if you are in sex work. However, it is illegal for anyone to pay someone under the age of 18 for sex. Brothel operators, clients and even workers aged 18 or over can be fined or imprisoned for facilitating people under the age of 18 into sex work.

Immigration Laws Affect Sex Workers and Brothel Operators

If you need a work visa to be employed in New Zealand, you cannot legally come to this country and be a sex worker or brothel operator. If you hold a temporary visa, or if your permanent residency carries a special condition, you can be deported if you get caught working in the sex industry.

It is unlawful to assist anyone under the age of 18 in providing sexual services

If you are under the age of 18, you are not breaking the law if you are in sex work. However, it is illegal for anyone to pay someone under the age of 18 for sex. Brothel operators, clients and even workers aged 18 or over can be fined or imprisoned for facilitating people under the age of 18 into sex work.

NZPC supports all sex workers, whatever their age, gender, or immigration status. We are not here to report you, we are here to help you stay safe
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