Brothel checks stepped up for Rugby World Cup

NZ Herald May 13, 2011 

Immigration New Zealand is stepping up border security and brothel checks to clamp down on overseas prostitutes arriving to work illegally during the Rugby World Cup. “Extensive planning has taken place by all the border agencies to ensure that there are resources in place to allow the smooth movement of genuine travellers coming here for the Rugby World Cup,” said Steve Stuart, general manager intelligence, risk and integrity. “Major international sporting events are likely to increase demand for sex workers, and we are ready for that.” Yesterday, an Auckland brothel-keeper was convicted for attempting to smuggle a prostitute into the country. Gordon Dong was found guilty of aiding and abetting the unlawful entry of a person into New Zealand, and sentenced to 300 hours of community work. Dong had lied to an immigration officer last July saying the woman was here for a holiday, when she was going to work for him as a prostitute.

….One brothel owner says he has already been contacted by sex workers from Asia and even some from Germany wanting to work here during the six week competition period. “We don’t smuggle them into the country … these girls come on their own accord, willingly, and we just give them a place to do their work,” he said. Sex workers will be taken on as “tenants” rather than contractors or employees to ensure the brothel was not responsible for their immigration status, he said.