Keep ‘Red Light’ Out of Family Shopping Areas

Family First NZ is pleading with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to reject a proposed bylaw to allow brothels in the Queenstown and Wanaka town centres.

“The intent of the Prostitution Reform Act was never to allow brothels and prostitution in family and residential areas, yet this has been the tragic outcome of a flawed and badly written law,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“It is one thing to have the prostitution industry in ‘red light’ areas that families can choose to avoid, but to allow brothels in family shopping areas, tourist areas frequented by families holidaying, and near sensitive sites such as schools, playgrounds or churches is unacceptable.”

“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.

“Its time for the government to amend the law in the interests of families,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“And we would ask the Queenstown Lakes District Council to protect the wellbeing of families and reject the proposed bylaw.”

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