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Kiwibank backs down from blacklisting brothels after anger from sex workers

News Summed Up 2020-07-22 05:30:00

Sex workers say the bank’s initial stance would have pushed the industry further underground. Kiwibank has changed its policy blacklisting brothels after an angry response from sex workers. NZPC met with Kiwibank a couple of weeks ago, she said, and cautioned them against introducing the policy as it was “not a helpful policy for sex workers”. Trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery was a problem in other industries, she said, but it was “easier to roll the sex industry out”. Cameron Burnell/Stuff Dame Catherine Healy said the bank’s original policy was “not helpful” for sex workers.