Police drop support for bylaw banning sex workers from suburban Christchurch

Stuff co.nz 26 September 2017
Banning prostitutes from working in residential areas will be ineffective, difficult to enforce and no longer has police support, Christchurch City Council staff say.
The declaration has enraged St Albans residents who pleaded with the council in May to regulate to stop prostitutes working outside their homes.
In a letter sent to residents and the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective on Monday, council chief executive Karleen Edwards and Canterbury Metro Commander Superintendent Lane Todd said developing an effective bylaw presented “significant difficulties” under current legislation.
The council decided in May to consider a new clause to its public places bylaw, but only after it received a staff report on the issue in September.
Edwards and Todd said in the letter, the staff report would recommend the council not pursue developing a bylaw to regulate the location of street-based sex workers.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97210071/police-drop-support-for-bylaw-banning-sex-workers-from-suburban-christchurch
Residents clash with council over sex workers
NewsTalk ZB 26 September 2017
A lack of indoor spaces for sex workers is one of many factors causing conflict between workers and other residents in Christchurch.
Homeowners north of Bealey Ave campaigned for a bylaw to stop prostitutes loitering and making noise outside their homes.
This week council staff wrote to residents to say they’re not recommending the bylaw to council.
Councillor Deon Swiggs said council staff need to explain their report in person rather than simply sending a letter.
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/christchurch-residents-clash-with-council-over-sex-workers/

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