An abandoned earthquake-damaged block of flats in
Christchurch has been bulldozed in a bid to stop prostitutes
working from there.
The move is the latest initiative to try to stop sex workers
using residential areas to ply their trade.
Long suffering residents around the St Albans and Edgeware
area have been calling for action for months.
City councillor Aaron Keown, who has been helping residents,
said street prostitutes were taking their customers to an
abandoned St Albans property on the corner of Purchas St and
"There was a two-storey building, where there were three or
four flats. Beside them was a set of garages which was quite
well covered and that's where the prostitutes were taking
their customers," he said.
"The neighbours to the property alerted to me that was where
the prostitutes were going and it was really quite
disgusting," he said.
"There was all sorts of paraphernalia, used condoms and
wrappers - it really was a health hazard."
Mr Keown sent a letter to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority outlining the issue.
"Two weeks ago they raided the site and demolished it," he
Street prostitutes have been in the northern end of
Manchester St ever since the earthquakes stopped them from
their traditional central city haunts.
"Look there is a great spot for them around the Kilmore St,
Peterborough St and Armagh St area - there are no residents
left in that area. If the girls move then the clients will
follow them," he said.
Mr Keown said he had become the go-to person for residents
when they had problems with sex workers.
"Residents let me know if there is a problem and then I text
my contact at the police and he'll go down and check it out,"
The disturbances reported to him were mainly loud
conversations on the street.
"These are inappropriate conversations which are happening 15
to 20 feet from children's windows," he said.
Inspector Dave Lawry said complaints regarding street
prostitutes-related disturbances in residential areas north
of Bealey Ave have "virtually gone".
"Following quite a concentrated police input, including beat
police, complaints regarding prostitutes have virtually gone
because they have returned into commercial areas to ply their
trade," he said.
- By Shelley Robinson of The Star