Sex workers cry foul over booklet

first_imgNZHerald 18 July 2012South Auckland sex workers say the Auckland Council is turning them into “public enemies” and “targets of abuse” following the release of a booklet accusing them of destroying public property. The mayor-endorsed booklet on street prostitution released this week says more than 40 parking sign poles have been destroyed by prostitutes who use them for dancing. Auckland Mayor Len Brown said legislative support was needed to combat the “uninhibited spread” of street prostitution. “There is no doubt that the street sex trade is enjoying its unrestricted use of public space, and is possibly the only industry in New Zealand to enjoy such status,” Mr Brown wrote. The council is seeking legislation to control street prostitution, but the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective says this will turn even more people into targets. The Auckland Council Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places Bill, which would give councils the ability to ban prostitutes from certain areas, is before Parliament. Govt must fix issue of street prostitutionNZHerald 18 July 2012Business owners and local bodies in South Auckland have been pleading for too long for a law to rid them of street prostitutes. No community should have to accept this trade being conducted in daylight on footpaths where other citizens, including children, are going about their daily lives. This week the local boards of Mangere-Otahuhu, Otara-Papatoetoe and Manurewa issued an illustrated booklet to give people in more fortunate places an idea of the sights, sounds and even smells confronting shopkeepers and their customers. The booklet suggests many of those offering sex are male transvestites and the behaviour described is gross and threatening. The chairman of the Otara-Papatoetoe board, John McCracken, said, “Children are seeing things they shouldn’t see, shoppers are being intimidated and street workers operating in residential streets are keeping people awake. When asked to keep quiet they make it very clear they have every right to be there. What other industry would be permitted to behave in this way?”