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New Zealand removes 'sex work' from skills list for visa hopefuls

File photo Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team Wellington, New Zealand May 07, 2018, 01.51 PM (IST)

New Zealand has removed prostitution from its list of employment skills for would-be immigrants. 

The removal of the listing was to "avoid further confusion" that people could get a visa as skilled prostitutes, Immigration New Zealand said. 

According to the Prostitution Reform Act, 2003, only the country's citizens and residents are allowed to "legally work in the sex industry".

The website had previously indicated that sex work/escort is a skilled employment and applicants could claim points if they were paid at or above $36.44 per hour, had a recognised qualification or at least three years of relevant work experience.

It defined a sex worker or escort as someone who provided clients with sexual services or social companionship.

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