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The number of foreign prostitutes in Auckland has jumped in the last three years, as young Chinese students look for a fast way to make money. A study shows a 25 per cent increase in foreign sex workers since prostitution was decriminalised by the Prostitution Reform Act in One of the authors, nurse specialist Bronwyn Schofield, said that "probably two-thirds" of the 38 non-resident sex workers she had interviewed over two years after the act were Chinese women.
Many of them were students aged between 18 and 24, who told her they went into the trade for "easy money" or out of desperation to get cash.
However, prostitution is still illegal for these women. Students and tourists are barred from sex work by the Immigration Act and the Prostitution Reform Act. The figures - compiled from a weekly clinic Ms Schofield runs for sex workers - corroborate what police and the Prostitutes Collective have told the Prostitution Law Review Committee. Both used the phrase "significant issue" to describe the increase in non-Kiwi sex workers, with police adding that international students in the industry were "an increasing problem" as well as people who came on student visas with sex work in mind.
The Department of Labour said that illegal sex workers were typically on student or visitor permits. Api Fiso, group manager border security, said the department visited brothels "on most weeks" to check workers' status and educate employers. The Prostitutes Collective said staff had noticed "an increase in Chinese sex workers coming from parts of Asia where they speak Cantonese", and the increases were most noticeable in "areas where there are language schools and universities".
In an editorial in today's English-language Asian newspaper iball , editor Charlie Chan discusses the case of "Miss X" who was up to her neck in debt and behind in rent. Sadly, quite a number of them fail to attain their objectives and face tough choices trying to overcome financial difficulties In the case of some female Asian students, it would seem sex-for-sale is the answer. Auckland had about sex workers, said regional co-ordinator Kate Dickie. Many were sole traders working from apartments or suburban homes.