Support for Street Prostitution Ban Welcomed

Family First NZ is welcoming the vote of politicians to send the Manukau street prostitution bill to a Select Committee.

“There have been ongoing concerns about the negative effects of street prostitution and associated conduct in the Manukau area and the local council has been powerless to act,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “These negative effects include increased littering, noise and nuisance, a reduced sense of public safety, and a decline in property values. This bill should be extended to cover all areas of New Zealand.”

“There has been a large increase in street prostitution since the decriminalization of prostitution. A review in June found girls as young as 12 prostituting themselves in central Auckland, and a similar investigation in Manukau City in 2008 found 16 teenagers aged between 13 and 16 prostituting themselves on the streets of Manurewa.”

“The association of prostitution with gang and criminal behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual abuse and violence means that we are sentencing more and more young people and prostitutes to an unacceptable situation.”

A 2009 report by the Ministry of Justice Review of Street-Based Prostitution in Manukau City highlighted the concerns about the presence of street-based prostitution in these areas, including ‘noise, antisocial behaviour including sexual acts occurring in public places, and litter including used condoms, syringes, bottles and food wrappers and human waste’.

“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 an urge and money in their pocket.”

“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 “It’s time that the government repealed the law, and this vote tonight suggests that the politicians are now willing to listen to the genuine concerns of families and communities.”

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