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A Double Standard

Television (Full Length) – 1994

This documentary about the sex industry in New Zealand features frank but sympathetic interviews with sex workers (including the Prostitutes Collective) and their clients. Topics discussed include the sex workers' reasons for doing the job, physical and sexual safety, the impact of AIDS, the role of drink and drug abuse, and managing a relationship with a husband or boyfriend. The film screened on TV3 after arguments about censorship, which Costa Botes writes about here. A Double Standard makes a compelling case for the industry to be decriminalised. Law change occurred in 2003.

Produced by

Top Shelf Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Music

Music by Moana & The Moahunters, Ainsley Simmonds

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