New Zealand First say a bill before the Local Government and
Environment select committee doesn't go far enough to crack
down on illegal street prostitution.
NZ First's social policy spokeswoman Asenati Lole-Taylor has
drafted a bill to give proposed prostitution law reform the
"teeth" to deal with confrontational street soliciting.
She said people living in parts of South Auckland and
Christchurch were outraged by street prostitution but were
reluctant to voice their concerns because of intimidation by
prostitutes and their minders.
The Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in
Specified Places) Bill 2010 was originally introduced as the
Manukau City Council (Control of Street Prostitution) Bill
2005 in an effort to clamp down on street prostitution but
was voted down.
The council decided to improve street lighting,
closed-circuit television, Maori wardens and ambassadors.
She said the existing Prostitution Reform Act 2003 places no
restrictions on where or when prostitutes can solicit
Mrs Lole-Taylor's office is in South Auckland and she said
there were frequent visits from constituents complaining
about violence related to prostitution.
NZ First would push for the Act to be amended.
"The hole in legislation made it virtually impossible for
local bodies to make legally sound bylaws to make
neighbourhoods safe from bullying prostitutes and their
"It would be negligent of MPs to ignore these problems.
Failure on their part to take action would be a dereliction
of duty," said Mrs Lole-Taylor.
Earlier this week Prime Minister John key said he didn't
think prostitution law reform had worked in New Zealand.
Mr Key said he didn't think the Prostitution Law Reform Act
2003 had achieved a reduction in street prostitution and
under age prostitutes, as it was intended to when voted for.
"The argument was that it would eliminate all the street
workers and underage people, particularly girls, and the
reports that we see in places like South Auckland is that it
hasn't actually worked," he said.
Mr Key said he didn't think there was political will to
revisit prostitution law reform but said there was will to
look at addressing street prostitution.