The government of New Zealand now has a new plan where potential migrants hoping to begin a new life in that country can add “skilled sex worker” and “escort” as skills on their visa applications.
According to reports, the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) list regard such skills as ‘providing social companionship’.
It was learnt that potential migrants will be expected to have ANZSCO skill level 5, in order to meet the criteria of a highly qualified sex worker, report’s NAIJ.com.
They would also be expected to have at least three years of work experience in the relevant industry or relevant recognized qualifications.
However, the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment agency (NZAMI) disclosed that it would still be extremely difficult to apply for a resident visa as a sex worker, even though prostitution is listed as skilled employment.
In a tumultuous vote, New Zealand’s parliament passed the legislation to decriminalize sex work in 2003; and it was welcomed by many in the country.
The decision to transform prostitution into a legal occupation was intended to protect sex workers from exploitation and safeguard their human rights.
New Zealand is currently known for offering the best working conditions for prostitutes. Despite this however, the social stigma surrounding being involved in such line of work still persists.