Prostitutes’ turf wars and retailers’ fears behind bid for law change

NZ Herald Feb 07, 2009

Shopkeepers in parts of South Auckland start half an hour early to clean up used condoms, syringes and wash away urine. Some have installed extra lighting to deter the prostitutes and their clients who walk the streets at night. Many spoke to the Weekend Herald only on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution. It is this climate – and a background of increasingly violent turf wars between prostitutes – that has prompted the Manukau City Council to ask the Government to change laws around the sex workers industry.