Teen Prostitution Sad Outcome of Flawed Law

Family First NZ says that the Auckland police admission that underage prostitution is on the increase in the city is yet more evidence that the National government must immediately repeal the flawed prostitution law.

“This latest review has found girls as young as 12 prostituting themselves in central Auckland, and a similar investigation in South Auckland in 2008 found 16 teenagers aged between 13 and 16 prostituting themselves on the streets of South Auckland,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“Politicians who voted for this ideologically flawed bill which decriminalised prostitution should hang their heads in shame as they have normalized the behaviour amongst at-risk teenagers. They have also condemned more men and women to this destructive industry.”

“Prostitution is not the oldest profession – it is the oldest oppression. What teenager dreams of giving up part of their income to their loving pimp? Men should not be allowed to think they have the right to a young woman’s body because they have money in their pocket.”

“With the mounting evidence of brothels operating in residential areas and opposite schools and playcentres, the association of brothels and prostitutes with drugs, alcohol, and gangs, the acknowledgement that trafficking is highly likely, and now the admission of increased teenage prostitution, the government cannot bury its head in the sand on this issue.”

“The best way to protect all prostitutes is to prosecute the buyer, as evidenced by the trend in Europe which has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of prostitutes”

“The decriminalisation of prostitution has been a community disaster harming families, businesses, and the welfare of workers caught in the industry,” says Mr McCoskrie. “It’s time that the government repealed the law.”

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