Brothels businesses like any other: submitter

Otago Daily Times 20 Nov 2010
A Wanaka submitter opposed to the Queenstown Lakes District Council draft brothel bylaw says brothels are legal businesses like any other and regulating them differently is an unfair bias. “Business areas are for people who chose to sell things and advertise their businesses to passersby … replacing one unfair and biased bylaw with another is not the the mark of a resilient and forward-thinking community,” Wanaka property owner Maree Horlor said. The modified bylaw was recommended for Queenstown and Wanaka because the current bylaw could breach the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which legalised commercial sex. Of the 44 submissions received by yesterday, 40 were against, two were neutral and two supported the proposed bylaw amendment.
The existing bylaw bans brothels within 100m of homes, schools, preschools, churches, community facilities or reserves and is opposed by conservative lobby group Family First NZ – with many submissions echoing the lobby’s submission, sometimes word for word. When asked if an organised lobby had been targeted on the draft bylaw, Family First national director Bob McCroskie said the group did not use the “default setting” of rallying lobbyists on single issues. “We’ve made our concerns known and said to families make sure you have your say – some of them will have piggybacked on our submission simply because they’re in agreement with it.” QLDC should “man up and challenge it in the same way Hamilton did” and dictate where brothels can be established rather than zoning them “smack bang in the middle of family shopping and tourist areas”.