Rise in underage prostitutes working Auckland streets

NZ Herald Jun 11, 2010

Police are worried by a spike in underage prostitution in Auckland’s CBD, with girls as young as 12 selling themselves for sex. Senior Constable Mark Riddell of the Auckland central police Youth Action Team said in the last six weeks, a police operation code-named City Door had identified at least 13 girls aged under 16 who were “active prostitutes”. Many of them work from City Road, which runs between Queen Street and Symonds Street. Senior Constable Riddell calls the street a “young red light area”.

In the last two weeks, Senior Constable Riddell and his team have taken five underage girls off the streets and put them in to the custody of Child, Youth and Family. But Riddell said many of these girls escape CYF and go straight back on the street.