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Paying for Street Sex should be illegal

Paying for Street Sex should be illegal

The Kiwi Party

Press Release April 18, 2011 "It's time to confront the problem of prostitution by making the buying of sex illegal", says Robyn Jackson a Hamilton based mother and Board member of the Kiwi Party.

"Sweden passed such a law in 1999, with great success, believing that prostitution exploits women and children", continued Jackson. The Kiwi Party firmly supports this view, including the exploitation of male prostitues. “The best solution is to target those doing the exploiting, and suppress the demand for prostitution,” she said.

Norway and Iceland have followed Sweden's example, and a French Parliamentary Commission is recommending that France do the same.

“New Zealand should act too,” said Mrs Jackson. “Legalising prostitution was a big mistake and has nothing but negative consequences for our families. Studies indicate that 57% of those buying sex in France are fathers and 41% are married. I expect it would be the same in New Zealand.

“When these men pay for sex they are not only betraying their wives if married, but are also selfishly spending money that should help support their children.

“We currently have an ideal opportunity to take the first step, by way of the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill, which is now before Parliament. This Bill is concerned with street prostitution, and a simple amendment to it could outlaw the buying of sex on the streets anywhere in New Zealand.

“If European countries can do it, New Zealand can too”, concluded Mrs Jackson.

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