Brothel bylaws may be wiped

The Press 11 August 2008

Bylaws controlling brothels may be dropped by the Christchurch City Council. The controversial bylaws controlling the location of brothels and signs were introduced in 2004 but were partly quashed by the High Court after a legal challenge by Christchurch sex industry kingpin Terry Brown. The council is reviewing all bylaws and may drop the brothels bylaws.

Cr Sue Wells said a retreat from the bylaws would be a disappointment for Christchurch, but it was “extremely difficult” to police prostitution through bylaws. “There will be disappointment in the community. It means that we cannot do some of the things people might reasonably expect us to do,” she said. Wells said it would be hard for the council to control brothels because the central register was not accessible and did not show locations.