Two out of three New Zealanders want the prostitution laws amended to ban brothels in residential areas, and support for a ban on street prostitution exceeds opposition to the proposal.
In the poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research last month, respondents were asked “Should the prostitution laws be amended to specifically ban brothels in residential areas?” 66% want brothels banned in residential areas, 26% disagreed, and the remainder (8%) were either unsure or refused to answer. More women than men wanted the ban.
“This result should give the government the green light to get the red light out of residential areas,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Accounts of home brothels (SOOB’s) where men willing to pay for sex are visiting nearby homes trying to find the brothel, and concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits are common experiences from having a brothel in a residential street.”
“Concern has been expressed by families in Greenlane, Albany, One Tree Hill, North Shore, Mt Albert, Mt Victoria in Wellington, opposite a school in Henderson, and most recently Cleveland Mews by the Prime Minister’s residence. It is a national disgrace that we are exposing our children and families to this type of activity and level of risk.”
Respondents were also asked whether the law should be amended to ban street prostitution. 50% said yes, 33% said no, and a high 17% were unsure. Once again, more women than men were supportive of the proposed law change.
“The response to this question was lower because for many respondents around the country, they haven’t had to face up to the problems of street prostitution that businesses and communities have had to face in areas such as South Auckland, central Auckland and Christchurch. Negative effects include increased littering, noise and nuisance, a reduced sense of public safety, and a decline in property values,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“The association of prostitution with gang and criminal behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse, underage prostitution, and sexual abuse and violence means that we are sentencing more and more young people and prostitutes to an unacceptable situation.”
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.