Community group squares of with street prostitutes

NZ Herald Apr 19, 2009

A Papatoetoe community group is fighting to get prostitutes off the area’s streets. While Manukau City Council has another crack at making street prostitution illegal, a community group is confronting street walkers and their kerb-crawling customers in a notorious red light area of south Auckland. The Papatoetoe Community Patrol is trying to scare off prostitutes’ customers at Hunter’s Corner by breaking up their negotiations and warning them of health dangers.

…Last week Manukau City Council’s policy and activities committee decided to recommend the council seek amendments to the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 to make street prostitution illegal. In 2006 a bill, sponsored by Manurewa MP George Hawkins, that would have given the council the same powers was defeated in Parliament. A 2005 report by the Prostitution Law Review Committee estimated there were 423 sex workers in Manukau, of whom 150 were on the street. The report also found that street prostitution was the most likely entry point for underage people to the sex industry.