Time to comment on prostitution issues
5 November 2003
The public has just nine days left to comment on prostitution issues being
considered by the Christchurch City Council.
A questionnaire to gather public feedback on the issues, that have been
raised since the passing of the Prostitution Reform Act, is available on
the website www.ccc.govt.nz/HaveYourSay and from ground floor reception,
Civic Offices, Tuam St.
The questionnaire has previously been published in the Council’s
magazine, City Scene (October issue); The Press; and the Christchurch Star.
Submissions must be with the Council by 5pm on Thursday 13 November.
When the Prostitution Reform Act came into being on 28 June, a
number of activities became lawful that were previously unlawful,
including keeping a brothel; living on the earnings of prostitution;
person for prostitution; and soliciting for the purposes of prostitution.
Councils were given two new powers to regulate the location of
brothels and advertising of sexual services.
that has been distributed by the Christchurch City Council is
designed to gather public comment on whether the
Council needs to use these new powers.
The Council’s Regulatory and Consents Committee chairperson, Councillor
Sue Wells says, “it is important that before people fill in the questionnaire,
they understand that it is not about banning prostitution or brothels. We
don’t have the powers to do that, only to limit where brothels can
go and what signage and advertising they can have. We have focused
the questionnaire on the things we have the power to control.”
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