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Sunday, June 15, 2008

"woman on wharf or ship"

So tonight I was chatting with a friend about the definition of robbery/burglary, which grew into an exploration of homicide/murder/manslaughter, and then spilled over into sexual offenses, and the very delicate question of what constitutes "abnormal sex" and "immoral behaviour" in the eyes of the NZ government.

So I was googling around and found this. Which explains it mostly clearly.

However. If you read closely, you'll see that one of the definitions of immoral behaviour is "woman on wharf or ship".

What?

So, yeah, I googled that phrase, and nothing, except that document in question.

I assume that's a mistake of some kind, but it's a pretty bizarre one. Kiwi ladyfriends, be careful the next time you are on a wharf or ship.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Sara said...

I'm assuming it's because at whatever time the law was passed, the only reason a woman would be on a wharf or a ship would be for the purposes of prostitution.

I guess the MORAL thing to do would be to let the men get OFF the ship and beyond the wharf before they decide which prostitute to pick up.

16/6/08 10:04 AM  
Blogger J. said...

I prefer to think it has to do with Klingons and that the writer can't spell.

31/7/08 3:05 PM  

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