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The turbulent relationship between the community and street-based sex workers has been analysed in a new study in a bid to find ways to ease tension. Julia Evans looks at the findings. Street closures and road works following the February 22, , earthquake, forced sex workers to move north of Bealey Ave into residential Manchester St. Since then the tension between residents and workers has been growing — the community called for a bylaw that could see them moved on by police, only to have it rejected by the city council.
Instead a collaborative approach encouraging workers back to commercial Manchester St is being championed through a working group. Sex and outreach workers, city council staff, and Manchester St residents were interviewed about violence, their relationship with the community, sex worker needs and location. It will be presented to the working group, made up of the NZPC, city council, police, residents and social services, at its August meeting.
The report said sex workers are often thought of as "disposable population" which makes the subject to "violence, abuse, discrimination and scapegoating. No other person in society would put up with this or be expected to do so.
More than half of the street workers interviewed for the report said they experienced violence as an "unavoidable" occupational hazard.
Sweetman said the stigma in Christchurch is slowly improving, with the working group trying to change that. One outreach worker described a year-old worker who was "gang-raped and dumped away from Manchester St.