Council seeks comment on prostitution issues
7 October 2003
This week, members of the public will have their first chance to comment
on prostitution issues being considered by the Christchurch City Council,
since the passing of the Prostitution Reform Act.
A questionnaire to gather public feedback on the issues will appear first
in the Council’s monthly publication, City Scene which will be distributed
to Christchurch households this week.. The questionnaire will also be published
in the Press on Saturday 11 October and the Christchurch Star on Wednesday
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; procuring a 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.
The questionnaire is designed to gather public comment on whether the Council
needs to use these new powers.
As part of its information gathering process, the Council’s Prostitution
Reform Act Subcommittee has learned about the industry in Christchurch by
talking to the Police, Community and Public Health workers, prostitutes
and owners of prostitution businesses.
“Before the Council can make any decisions, we need to be very aware
of all the issues and public feeling,” the Council’s Regulatory
and Consents Committee chairperson Councillor Sue Wells says. “But
it is important that before people fill in their questionnaire, they understand
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.”
Feedback on the questionnaire can be made by cutting out the form in the
newspapers or by submitting answers on the website www.ccc.govt.nz/HaveYourSay by 5pm, Thursday 13 November.
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