Restricting Christchurch street prostitution could violate Bill of Rights – council report

Stuff co.nz 22 May 2017
Family First Comment: What about the rights of the residents?
“The residents are upset at having to clean up faeces, used condoms, needles and used wet wipes left in their letterboxes. Their children have been woken up by prostitutes yelling and singing to each other and arguing with clients over prices.”
As we’ve always suggested, shift the activity to outside an MPs home. Then the action will be quick.

A bylaw restricting street prostitution will open Christchurch City Council up to legal challenges and could violate the Bill of Rights, a staff report says.

The council is trying to figure out how to prevent prostitutes working in residential areas after numerous complaints from residents in St Albans and the central city.

The residents are upset at having to clean up faeces, used condoms, needles and used wet wipes left in their letterboxes. Their children have been woken up by prostitutes yelling and singing to each other and arguing with clients over prices.

St Albans resident Matt Bonis pleaded with council last month to enforce the public places bylaw, but a staff report to be discussed by council at a meeting on Thursday said street sex work was a difficult commercial activity for the council to investigate and enforce under that bylaw.

“The council would need to prove a commercial activity is occurring in a public place,” the report said.

The report said with street-based sex work, the commercial transaction/activity being undertaken for payment often did not happen in a public place. It happened on empty private property and in cars.
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