Councils meet over street prostitution 19 January 2012
An Auckland Council official is visiting Christchurch to discuss plans for a new law to combat street prostitution. A representative from Auckland’s Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board will be in the city today to meet council officials and discuss the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. The bill, which is before a parliamentary select committee, seeks to give local authorities greater control over where prostitutes can operate if they are not in a brothel. The meeting between representatives from the two councils is part of plans to support the bill and suggest that it be made effective nationwide. Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman John McCracken said Papatoetoe residents had fought for several years to limit the areas where street prostitutes worked after seeing them perform their services in daylight and having to clean up excrement and used condoms. McCracken said the board had found a kindred community in Christchurch, where 14 prostitution-related arrests were made last weekend after a string of complaints to police. “For people that aren’t affected by this sort of behaviour, it doesn’t sort of rate as a concern. To have another community experiencing exactly the same issues is a huge help to us to show that this is a real problem.” He said the councils did not want a blanket ban on prostitution, but wanted to limit their activities to areas where they would not affect residents.