Prologue. The perfect storm -- 1. Through the window -- 2. From the bush -- 3. In the courtroom -- 4. On the streets -- 5. In trouble -- 6. At the intersection -- 7. Where to now? -- Appendix 1. Respondents -- Appendix 2. Sample antecedent report -- Appendix 3. Review of homosexuality cases -- Appendix 4. Summary of sentences.
Papua New Guinea is one of the many former British Commonwealth colonies which maintain the criminalisation of the sexual activities of two groups, despite the fact that the sex takes place between consenting adults in private: sellers of sex and males who have sex with males. The English common law system was imposed on the colonies with little regard for the social regulation and belief systems of the colonised, and in most instances, was retained and developed post-Independence, regardless of the infringements of human rights involved.