Families Warned: Queenstown ‘Red Light’ Gets Green Light

Family First NZ is slamming a decision by the Queenstown Lakes District Council to allow brothels in the heart of the CBD of Queenstown and Wanaka.

“This is a weak-kneed response at a time when the councilors needed to show some backbone. The submissions were overwhelmingly against the proposed bylaw and verbal submissions by family groups and a planning expert from Australia were also opposed to the bylaw. Yet the councilors have ignored the public and capitulated to the brothel industry.”

“It is a tragedy that the welfare of families and children is being ignored in favour of potential rates and expansion of prostitution in the centre of family tourist locations.”

“The intent of the Prostitution Reform Act was never to allow brothels and prostitution in family 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.”

“Prostitution is harmful to workers and communities and 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 vulnerable people to an unacceptable situation,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“Normalisation of the industry has not removed the stigma and social concern about the harm of prostitution to workers and clients and their families. The QLDC are simply exacerbating the problem.”

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