Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Call for police to target child prostitution

Friday, 24 June 2005

Dunne calls for police to target child prostitution

United Future leader Peter Dunne today called on the police in each of New Zealand's main cities to cancel their next traffic check point operation and assign the same number of officers for one evening to arresting men approaching child prostitutes on the streets.

"I want the police to forego revenue-gathering and put the same effort and energy into a crime against our children that is punishable by a seven-year prison sentence.

"Yet not a single man has been charged with this since the Prostitution Reform Act came into being nearly two years ago, and all the evidence shows that child prostitution has spiralled upwards since the Act came in," Mr Dunne said.

He said it is clear that the police and officialdom simply doesn't want to know about child prostitution.

"And that is inexcusable: it is selling some very vulnerable teenagers down the road - quite literally - and ruining young lives.

"Let's have some of these men who prey on our children put behind bars for seven years and then we'll see how many are out there kerb-crawling for young girls the following Friday night. It's time the men who abuse these children were targeted.

Mr Dunne was dismissive of the "so-called police strategy" of getting the teenagers off the street.

"I would believe that if it was actually happening, but it clearly is not. But that still keeps the focus off the abusers and that is where we need to place it.

"Some serious jail time for these perverts will scare plenty of others straight - and that is where we need to start. We need to get serious about looking after our young people," he said.

"So let's see the police spend less time worrying about $100 traffic offences and work on ending a crime against our kids."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news