TVNZ 12 June 2012
A 16-year-old prostitute was picked up in Manurewa and forced to have sex at knifepoint over the weekend, police have said.
The case comes following a weekend sting in an area notorious for underage prostitution where police say even teens not working as sex-workers are being approached by men cruising for sex.
Counties Manukau police detective senior sergeant Richard Wilkie said police were investigating allegations the teenager was forced to have sex at knifepoint after being picked up in Northcrest on Sunday.
Police are trying to deter underage prostitutes from working around Northcrest and Southmall for their own safety. Prostitutes must be 18 to legally work in New Zealand.
“Look what happens on the Sunday, one of them gets taken away at knife point.
“The group we’re targeting is the young, underage people that are coming out and thinking this could be the life for them. We’re going to say, no, this isn’t the life for you and try and put them into care and back out doing something other than this.”