3 News 21 Feb 2013
NZ First wants street prostitution banned and has drafted a bill to make it illegal. MP Asenati Lole-Taylor’s member’s bill would restrict prostitution to brothels. She says street prostitution – legalised in 2003 – has turned some city suburbs into sleazy red light districts. “Police are hamstrung by current laws which only allow them to arrest street walkers and pimps for offensive behaviour,” she says. “Street prostitution is a conduit for serious anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.” Ms Lole-Taylor has put her bill into the ballot.
Sex workers ‘shouldn’t be exempt from rules’
Auckland Now 22 Feb 2013
South Auckland’s streets, car parks, public and sporting facilities, businesses and churches will continue to be used as brothels unless legislation is introduced to control prostitution, community leaders have said. Local board representatives met with the Local Government and Environment select committee at a hearing in Mangere on Wednesday to discuss their submissions regarding the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. A grim picture was painted as they outlined problems faced by their community which included offensive behaviour and violence from street workers, the clean-up of used condoms and clients approaching schoolgirls and female residents for services. Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman John McCracken told the committee the bill was important for his residents to help prevent activities incompatible with the character of the community. “Every other business that trades in a public place, such as a busker or street stall holder, is restricted in their location and hours of operation. “It is not fair that street-based sex work should be exempt from the rules that other businesses must abide by.” Commercial freedoms given to sex workers by the Prostitution Reform Act allowed them and their clients to exhibit behaviours and create problems that would be unacceptable for any other industry, he said. “As a result our businesses, residents and visitors are having their rights and freedoms impinged.”