Bill may enable council to curb street prostitution

Christchurch Press 1 March 2012
Christchurch City Council hopes that a bill to give an Auckland council the power to control where prostitutes can work on Auckland streets will be extended to other councils. The council yesterday approved a submission on the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. The submission, which was delayed by the September 4, 2010, earthquake, is due to be presented to Parliament by councillor Sue Wells some time in the next few weeks. The bill aimed to give Auckland Council the power to control where prostitutes could operate if they were not in a brothel.

Wells said the submission would provide greater clarity on Christchurch City Council’s position regarding street prostitution and its control over the locations where prostitution could take place. Street prostitution had deliberately been left out of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which legalised prostitution, she said. Ironically that has always been the biggest problem.”

Quake City wants proposed street prostitute law extended
NZ Herald 2 March 2012
Christchurch is hoping to piggy-back off a proposed new law for Auckland as it tries to deal with street prostitutes who have been pushed into the suburbs by earthquakes and are clashing with frustrated residents.

Since the devastating February 2011 quake, prostitutes have moved from damaged central Christchurch into the residential neighbourhood of St Albans, and residents have complained of noise, litter and intimidation. Melissa Saggers, whose neighbourhood has been “claimed” by prostitutes and their minders since February last year, says it is affecting people’s lives. She has often seen prostitutes sitting on her letterbox and operating from outside her home, and finds used condoms and needles in her garden. Their presence means Miss Saggers no longer has her nephews or nieces staying with her at her home. “The pimps and prostitutes make you feel very unsafe. I don’t even like to leave the front door after dark. They can be quite verbally harassing. They’ve sort of claimed the street as theirs. There’s not respect for those of us who live here. It’s all about them.”