Asian gangs ‘exploiting NZ’s prostitution laws’

NZPA 28 Sep 06
Asian gangs are exploiting changes in prostitution laws to run lucrative illegal brothels, United Future MP Gordon Copeland says. Mr Copeland said one of the biggest problems identified by the group in a visit to Auckland this week was relatively large brothels operating out of houses in plush residential suburbs.The brothels, in Waitakere and on the North Shore – often set among “palatial housing” – mainly employed Chinese prostitutes and were run by Chinese gangs. Mr Copeland said North Shore council authorities had told the group of one illegal unlicensed brothel that had nine prostitutes and grossed over $600,000 a year.

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