Stuff co.nz 26 June 2014
Sex workers in Christchurch are experiencing violence or abuse on at least a monthly basis, police say.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney, the adult sexual assault team manager, said police were concerned by the “fairly common” victimisation of Christchurch’s prostitutes, much of which went unreported.
Sex workers were often reluctant to interact with police, even if they experienced violence. Police were in constant contact with the Prostitutes’ Collective to “break down any barriers”, he said.
“At least monthly we are dealing with a working girl being victimised in some way, if not more. When they do come forward, it’s taken very seriously,” Sweeney said.
Last month, a sex worker in her 20s was assaulted in Cambridge Green, near the intersection of Barbadoes and Salisbury Sts, about 2.15am.
Connor Stephen James Galloway, 20, was arrested three days later and charged with assault with intent to commit sexual violation. He will next appear in court on July 28.