Upper Hutt Residents Don’t Want Brothel Next Door

Family First NZ is urging Upper Hutt City Councilors to reject a report to be presented today which recommends softening the restrictions on brothels in the area.

“The report from the City Solicitor recommends that the buffer zone for brothels be reduced from 200m to 100m within sensitive sites and to allow Single Sex Workers to work in residential areas without restriction. This means that a brothel could be operating right next door to the primary school, playcentre or family home,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“This advice is in complete defiance of virtually all of the 50 submissions opposing the proposed liberalisation of the laws.”

“Brothels should not be allowed in residential areas for obvious reasons and there is no good reason for reducing the buffer zone to 100m. The idea of a buffer zone is to prevent unnecessary exposure to children and families and to prevent normalisation of the behaviour,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“To allow brothels next to a family home or school entrance is unacceptable. We already have accounts of home brothels where men willing to pay for sex are knocking on nearby homes trying to find the brothel. We must not expose our children and families to that level of risk. There are also concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits.”

“The recent opposition to residential brothels in Greenlane, Albany, Mt Victoria in Wellington, and concerns about a sex parlour to operate in the same building as a preschool in Wellington, attempts by Manukau City Council to tackle the problems of street prostitution, and opposition to the brothel in the main street of Dannevirke shows that communities are not accepting the liberalised and harmful laws.”

“The decriminalisation of prostitution has been a community disaster harming families, businesses, and the welfare of workers caught in the industry. Cities throughout NZ have been trying to deal with the ‘hospital pass’ given by the politicians when they passed this law. It’s time they fixed the law,” says Mr McCoskrie.

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