Councils Must Ban Home Brothels, Protect Families

Media Release 5 Nov 2014
Family First NZ is supporting a challenge by a former Environment Court judge to ban residential brothels operating on the Kapiti Coast, and is repeating its call for the government to amend the Prostitution Reform Act in order to protect families and communities from brothels in residential areas throughout New Zealand.

“Brothels – no matter how large or small – simply shouldn’t be in residential areas or near sensitive sites such as schools, churches or maraes. Kapiti Coast District Council needs to give priority to the concerns and demands of families and create a bylaw that minimises the harms of the flawed Prostitution Reform Act,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“Contrary to the claims of the Prostitutes Collective, accounts of home brothels (SOOB’s) where men willing to pay for sex are visiting nearby homes trying to find the brothel, and concerns about noise, traffic, intimidation, litter, and late-night visits are common experiences from having a brothel in a residential street or next to a school.”

“It needs to be acknowledged that the fallout from the naïve decriminalisation of prostitution has affected both residential areas and family shopping areas and the local councils have been powerless to act appropriately,” says Mr McCoskrie.

In an independent poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research in 2011, 66% wanted brothels banned in residential areas, 26% disagreed, and the remainder (8%) were either unsure or refused to answer. More women than men wanted the ban.

“New Zealanders are giving the government the green light to get the red light out of residential and family shopping areas – yet the government is pathetically weak in its response. It appears that they don’t want to admit in any way that they made a huge mistake when they decriminalised prostitution in 2004,” says Mr McCoskrie.

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