Big Response to Council’s Prostitution Questionnaire
21 November 2003
The Christchurch City Council has received about 1500 public submissions
in response to a questionnaire on prostitution issues.
“This fantastic response will greatly assist the Council’s
Prostitution Reform Act Subcommittee to consider what, if any new regulations
should be introduced as a result of the passing of the Act, earlier this
year,” Councillor Sue Wells, chairperson of the Council’s Regulatory
and Consents Committee said.
People made their submissions by filling out the questionnaire, which was
available on the Council’s website; in local newspapers and through
the Council’s residents’ newsletter, City Scene. Submissions
closed at 5pm on 13 November.
A total of 107 respondents have asked to give their opinions in person
to the Prostitution Reform Act Subcommittee at its hearings on 1 and 2 December.
After considering all the written and verbal submissions, the Subcommittee
will make its recommendations to a special Council meeting on 19 December.
Any new regulations that may be recommended by the Subcommittee may relate
to the new powers given to the Council, under the Prostitution Reform Act,
to regulate the location of brothels and the signage of commercial sexual
When the Prostitution Reform Act came into being on 28 June,
a number of activities became lawful that were previously unlawful,
keeping a brothel; living on the earnings of prostitution;
procuring a person for prostitution; and soliciting for the purposes
Councils were given two new powers, to regulate the location
of brothels and advertising of sexual services.
The questionnaire that was distributed by the Christchurch
City Council was designed to gather public comment on whether
the Council needed
to use these new powers.
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