Family First NZ is demanding that the government amend the prostitution laws so that local councils have the power to ban residential brothels.
“To allow brothels next to a family home or sensitive sites such as a school, playground or church is unacceptable. We have accounts of home brothels where men willing to pay for sex are knocking on nearby homes trying to find the brothel, as has been highlighted today with the case in Mt Albert,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“There are also concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits. We must not expose our children and families to that level of risk.”
“Most councils have recognised that prostitution may be offensive to members of the community, and they have all attempted to minimalise its impact by controlling the location of brothels. This has been difficult because of the flawed law passed by politicians, but councils have been determined to act in response to the overwhelming message from families and communities.”
“The opposition to residential brothels in Greenlane, Albany, North Shore, Mt Victoria in Wellington, concerns about a sex parlour to operate in the same building as a preschool in Wellington and opposite a school in Henderson, attempts by Manukau City Council to tackle the problems of street prostitution in Papatoetoe and Manurewa, and opposition to the brothel in the main street of Dannevirke all show that communities are not accepting the liberalised and harmful laws.”
“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.,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“It’s time that the politicians fixed the obvious flaws in the law.”