Public urged to write prostitutes off the streets

Manukau Courier 07/10/2010
It’s time for residents to have their say on making their streets safer, cleaner and free of prostitutes. Deputy mayor Gary Troup and Papatoetoe Community Board chairman Stephen Grey are urging people to make submissions to Parliament on the Manukau City Council’s bill to regulate street prostitution. The bill had its first reading in Parliament last month and is now open for public submissions. It seeks to give the council authority to make bylaws to ban prostitution in specified public places in Manukau. It would also give police the power to arrest any street prostitutes and their clients who contravene the bylaws. The bill’s a response to problems in Hunters Corner and Manurewa since prostitution was decriminalised in 2003.