Vice Squad
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Legalizing Brothel Prostitution

In recent days Vice Squad has noted debates about legalizing
prostitution in Las Vegas and Thailand. A Vice Squad reader
temporarily located in New Zealand kindly has sent along an e-mail
mentioning that New Zealand has recently decided to legalize
brothels. Prior to the June, 2003 Prostitution Reform Bill,
prostitution itself was legal in New Zealand, though soliciting
and brothels were illegal. (This is similar to the British regulatory
structure, I believe.) The new law permits legal brothels, and some
should be opening by the end of the year.
Belgium and Italy are also considering legalizing brothels, and some
Australian states have already done so, as the previous Heidi Fleiss
suggested. The Netherlands, of course, also has legal brothels.

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