Locals’ stories to help tackle street prostitution

NZHerald 16 July 2012 A group of local body politicians is hoping first-hand stories of encounters with gangs of street prostitutes by residents and business owners in South Auckland will help build political support to ban street prostitution in some areas. A booklet to be released today will set out the reasons why a bill which will allow the Auckland Council to ban street prostitutes in areas such as near homes, schools or sports grounds is needed. It has the backing of Auckland Mayor Len Brown and is aimed at putting pressure on parliamentarians who will soon have to vote on the bill. It follows almost a decade of troubles with street prostitution in South Auckland areas such as Hunters Corner since the Prostitution Reform Act passed in 2003.