Sex workers given one month’s grace

NZ Herald Apr 22, 2009

An Auckland community group that warns people not to use street sex workers has agreed to a month’s amnesty – but has warned it will not stop until street prostitutes are out of the neighbourhood. The Papatoetoe Reclaiming our Streets group, made up of local residents, has been patrolling Hunters Corner for the past few months after becoming fed up with noise, violence and offensive litter being left behind by street prostitutes. The group will stop its patrols for a month, to let the police and street prostitutes work to find a solution for all the parties involved. But the head of PROS, Stephen Grey, said that the group would be back if was it unhappy with the result. “We’ve agreed so the police and the [Prostitutes] Collective can tidy up their act,” he said. “We want them off our streets and out of Papatoetoe.” Mr Grey said the group’s ideal outcome – with the residents of Papatoetoe, particularly around Hunters Corner – would be to have street prostitutes outlawed from residential streets and suburban areas.

…Meanwhile, Manukau City Council will again recommend to the Government to have the Prostitute Reform Act 2003 changed, which would see street prostitution made illegal. Former MP and now Kiwi Party president Gordon Copeland yesterday said it was time to “clean up” the prostitution law.