Illegal sex workers access million-dollar taxpayer-funded health programme

first_imgNZ Herald 31 May 2018Family First Comment: New Zealand legislation specifically excludes migrants holding temporary visas from being able to lawfully work in the sex industry. “It is disturbing that both the ministry and NZPC are knowingly aiding illegal forms of prostitution in NZ, and using taxpayer funding to facilitate that work,” McCoskrie said. “Turning a ‘blind eye’ to illegal migrant workers will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on local anecdotal evidence and international experience, will harm women.”Illegal sex workers are accessing a million-dollar taxpayer funded sex programme, a Herald investigation can reveal.The Ministry of Health (MOH) funds $1,099,944 excluding GST annually to the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) for health programmes across the country for sex workers.In a response to an email enquiry by a local sex worker, the ministry confirmed that the services were “from time to time” being accessed by sex workers who are not legally able to work in New Zealand.The programmes include sexual health and family planning, weekly sexual health clinics in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and needle exchange services in Tauranga and Auckland.The ministry’s service commissioning director Jill Lane said the prevention of HIV and Aids and the health, safety and welfare of all sex workers and their clients remained its “prime focus”.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie slammed the ministry and NZPC for using taxpayer money to “knowingly aid” illegal prostitution.New Zealand legislation specifically excludes migrants holding temporary visas from being able to lawfully work in the sex industry.“It is disturbing that both the ministry and NZPC are knowingly aiding illegal forms of prostitution in NZ, and using taxpayer funding to facilitate that work,” McCoskrie said.“Turning a ‘blind eye’ to illegal migrant workers will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on local anecdotal evidence and international experience, will harm women.”NZPC national co-ordinator Catherine Healy said the collective runs five community-based programmes and had more than 10,700 engagements with sex workers last year.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12061215NZ sex workers undercut by illegal foreign prostitutesTVNZ One News 31 May 2018A wave of foreign prostitutes working in breach of their visas is taking work from locals, sex workers say.While some women advertising on sex work websites as foreign visitors would have residence or citizenship, immigrants now outnumbered New Zealanders in the industry, Christchurch prostitute Amber O’Hara* said.“The New Zealand sex industry is now on a quite predictable trajectory, containing mainly illegal sex workers willingly travelling here to work from countries where it is illegal,” she said.“Yet it’s a see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil situation from those with the actual power to help.” One of the main sex work websites advertised more than 800 women, separated into Asian and non-Asian prostitutes. “It will mean that New Zealand ladies who do want to work, who are straight with the IRD and trying to do the right thing, can actually run a sustainable business without unfair competition from people who are not doing the right thing by our law. A registration scheme on sites would mean only those eligible to work could advertise – and ensure everyone was paying tax, Ms O’Hara said.center_img Immigrants taking New Zealanders’ jobs would not be allowed in other industries and the country was seen as a soft target for women who could makes thousands on a sex work holiday, Ms O’Hara said. “It wouldn’t be a problem if there were just a few fly-by-nighters but, if you count the ads, New Zealanders are easily outnumbered.”READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nz-sex-workers-undercut-illegal-foreign-prostituteslast_img read more

Advocaat ready to win ugly

first_img The 67-year-old, who recalled Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez and put Connor Wickham on the left side of a front three, intends to do whatever it takes to guide Sunderland to safety. “I said the only important thing in the final eight games is winning, the way that we do is not important, so if we win games very ugly I like that, (we can) play very negative if the need is there,” Advocaat said. “I have seen a team who likes to work, so I am pleased. “It showed that if you work as a team and not an individual, I am sure that you get the luck you need. “Now I have time to see my best line up.” Advocaat knows the importance of local bragging rights from his time at Ibrox, where he won the 1998/1999 Scottish domestic Treble in his first season “In the home game in derbies, that gives a big advantage,” he said. “Tactically we withstood well (against West Ham), though we didn’t create a lot of chances, but in a home game with our fans behind us we can do even better.” The vastly-experienced former Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea and Russia coach presided over his first match in charge of the Black Cats at West Ham on Saturday, when his luck was out as Diafra Sakho netted a winner for the Hammers with just two minutes left. Sunderland head into the international break just a point above the drop zone, but Advocaat will put the extra-time with his squad to good use in preparing for the small matter of a showdown with local rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday. Press Association Advocaat added: “Now for us every game is important as we need points and the next game, Newcastle, is the most important thing.” Sunderland will be hoping for positive news on the knee injury suffered by defender Wes Brown when he hobbled off in the first half following an awkward fall. Midfielder Adam Johnson will again be in contention having come off the bench on Saturday following his club suspension being lifted after a Police investigation. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is ready to abandon his Total Football philosophy if winning ugly helps keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

HBU’s Hinojosa, Okeke Crowned Inaugural Southland Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week

first_imgThe Huskies took No. 13 South Carolina to five sets and were outdone by Tampa 4-1 on Sunday before shocking the Hatters in their second match of the day. HBU, who received votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, plays three matches at the Tiger Beach Challenge this weekend, beginning with No. 2 LSU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Pair of the Week – Tori Hinojosa – Senior – San Antonio, Texas / Danielle Okeke – Freshman – Wichita Falls, TexasHinojosa and Okeke overcame a first-set loss in their season opener against Spring Hill, winning the final two sets as the Huskies swept the Badgers. The pair picked up another victory at the top flight against No. 13 South Carolina, and the duo swept its counterparts in the team’s 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stetson. The twosome went 3-2 during the opening weekend as the Huskies’ time in the Sunshine State was highlighted by a 3-2 upset of No. 9 Stetson, the first team win over a ranked opponent in program history. HBU blanked Spring Hill 5-0 in the season opener but fell to No. 2 Florida State by the same margin in the first of three matches against ranked teams. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Tori Hinojosa and Danielle Okeke are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.center_img Honorable Mention: Veronica Corcoran/Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Iris Fletcher/Corin Evans, SFA. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more