Govt MP Challenge On Brothel Law Welcomed

Family First NZ is welcoming a call by West Auckland National MP Tau Henare for an urgent amendment to the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 to prevent brothels being located in residential areas and by sensitive sites such as schools.

“The experience of Henderson Intermediate in West Auckland having a brothel open opposite its main gate shows that the law is failing families,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Any amendment should also include the banning of street prostitution.”

“Most councils have recognised that prostitution may be offensive to members of the community, and they have all attempted to minimalise its impact by controlling the location of brothels. This has been difficult because of the flawed law passed by politicians, but councils have been determined to act in response to the overwhelming message from families and communities.”

“Families do not want brothels located near schools, playgrounds or churches. Accounts of home brothels where men willing to pay for sex are knocking on nearby homes trying to find the brothel and concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits show that we are exposing our children and families to an unacceptable level of risk.”

“The opposition to residential brothels in Greenlane, Albany, North Shore, 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 in Papatoetoe and Manurewa, 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,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First is calling on the National government to amend the law.

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