Upper Hutt Keeps Brothels at Bay from Families

Family First NZ is congratulating the Upper Hutt City Council for rejecting recommendations to liberalise their brothel laws and maintaining the status quo.

“The Council report recommended reducing the buffer zone for brothels from sensitive sites from 200m down to 100m, and wanted to allow single sex worker brothels to locate anywhere in residential areas including next door to schools, playcentres and family homes,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“Thankfully, the majority of Council members have listened to the almost unanimous voice of the submissions which requested that the laws maintained their restrictions on prostitution and brothel activities.”

“This is great news for the residents of Upper Hutt and is an example for other local Councils to resist the pressure to liberalise their bylaws and put at risk families and children by exposing them to this industry.”

“The recent opposition to residential brothels in Greenlane, Albany, Mt Victoria in Wellington, and concerns about a sex parlour to operate in the same building as a preschool in Wellington, attempts by Manukau City Council to tackle the problems of street prostitution, and opposition to the brothel in the main street of Dannevirke shows that
communities are not accepting the liberalised and harmful laws.”

Family First is encouraging residents to continue their battles against residential brothels and to fight any attempts to liberalise these restrictions.

“The decriminalisation of prostitution has been a community disaster harming families, businesses, and the welfare of workers caught in the industry. Cities throughout NZ have been trying to deal with the ‘hospital pass’ given by the politicians when they passed this law. It’s time they fixed the law,” says Mr McCoskrie.

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