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NZPC publications: first issue of Siren (2nd of 4)

NZPC publications: first issue of Siren

The New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective (NZPC) published the first issue of Siren in November 1988, the year after the collective was established. Siren stands for Sex Industry Rights and Education Network, and the magazine focused on workers' rights and safe sex. In this first issue, NZPC national coordinator Catherine Healy invited workers from different parts of the sex industry to contribute to the magazine, which received some funding from the Department of Health. Healy wrote that the government had recognised that safe-sex strategies were better advanced by volunteers within the sex industry than by 'salaried social workers who would be working from the outside'. The first issue was produced very cheaply by NZPC members, and black-and-white photocopies were distributed through sex-worker networks.

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Reference: Siren, November 1988

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Jan Jordan, 'Sex work - New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Jan Jordan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 May 2018