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Member’s Bill to Ban Street Prostitution

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
Spokesperson for Social Policy
20 February 2013

Member’s Bill to Ban Street Prostitution

New Zealand First has submitted a Member’s Bill into the ballot that if passed into law would make street prostitution illegal, effectively restricting prostitution to brothels.

Social Policy spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says the Prostitution Reform (Control of Street Prostitution) Amendment Bill comes at a time when offensive and criminal behaviour by street walkers and their pimps is turning some city suburbs into sleazy red light districts.

“There has been a raft of failed Bills treating street prostitution as some sort of genteel occupation instead of acknowledging that it is a conduit for serious anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

“Our Member’s Bill would make it easy for the police to take enforcement action to rid New Zealand of street prostitution and allow people to again feel safe in their neighbourhoods.

“Police are hamstrung by current laws which only allows for them to arrest street walkers and pimps for offensive behaviour.

“The Member’s Bill sends a strong message to the prostitution industry that New Zealanders have had enough of street prostitution and all the damage it causes,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

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