Prostitution Bill gives councils authority to regulate
27 June 2003
The location of Christchurch brothels and the content of signs advertising
sexual services are likely to be regulated by the Christchurch
City Council as a result of the Prostitution Reform Bill, which is to be
law next week.
While the Bill repeals many of the prohibitions around prostitution,
it also gives councils the power to make bylaws to regulate the industry,” Peter
Mitchell, the Council’s Legal Services director said.
Like other New Zealand councils, the Christchurch City Council
is likely take a cautious approach to its new role.”
The first step will be for the Council’s Regulatory and Consents Committee
to consider the change in legislation at a seminar meeting next week. Mr
Mitchell said a working party of Councillors and Council staff is then likely
to be established to consider the issues that need to be addressed.
There will be a public process before any bylaw is made.
A further report is likely to be presented to the Council’s August
meeting. Any bylaws relating to the new Act would most probably be made
in the following six months.
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