Decision on Brothel Signage Good for Families

Family First NZ is welcoming a decision by the Christchurch City Council to maintain bylaws around the location and signage of brothels.

“The original proposal put forward by the Council was to revoke the existing bylaw and allow brothels to advertise their business anywhere they like, and leave it up to individuals to complain to the Advertising Standards Authority or the Censorship Board if they found their advertising offensive,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“This was completely unacceptable and the number of submissions opposing that approach persuaded the councilors to vote against it and to commit to developing a revised bylaw.”

“The Advertising Standards Authority has proven itself to be out of touch with the concerns and protection of families and it can take up to 2 months to deal with an objectionable sign. By then, the damage is done.”

“Signage must be controlled to prevent inappropriate and offensive material being seen by children and families, and this is best done through the local council by way of an enforceable bylaw.”

“Discrete locations and signage are for the benefit of the general public to avoid unnecessary exposure to activities that they may find offensive.”

“The councilors are to be congratulated for listening to the voice of families on this issue and putting their welfare and protection first,” says Mr McCoskrie.

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