Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Prostitution Reform – What Reform Exactly?

PROSTITUTION REFORM – WHAT REFORM EXACTLY?

When it comes to the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, men seem to be the only winners judging by the recent sentences handed down say the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ).

“NCWNZ is alarmed by the passing down of lenient sentences for men convicted of having sex with girls under the age of 18 under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003,” says NCWNZ National President Elizabeth Bang.

NCWNZ acknowledges that it supported the law change, only in order to validate and protect human rights.

NCWNZ policy is very clear on the subject of prostitution:

That NCWNZ does not condone prostitution or the purchase of sexual services. 2004.

The law was meant to give protection to those over the age of 18. And along with that, was the belief that the reform would see prostitution practiced only by those 18 and over, but we are still seeing girls as young as 13 and 14 on the streets selling their bodies

“NCWNZ is disturbed that there seems to be no disincentive for men for their actions when they are getting name suppression and receiving light sentences for buying sexual services from girls under 18, this makes a mockery of the law,” says Mrs Bang

NCWNZ is also concerned that the judiciary have shown little concern about what is going on when recent convictions show men being given a community service sentence only.

“NCWNZ would like to see tougher penalties currently in the Act, applied in the very near future, so men are held accountable for buying sexual services from minors under the age of 16, that in any other circumstance could be considered statutory rape,” concluded Mrs Bang.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election