Otago Daily Times 6 Nov 2010
A Cromwell woman warns the Queenstown Lakes District Council risks “being held hostage to small groups of agitators“, including conservative and Christian lobby groups, opposing brothels in central Queenstown and Wanaka. Of the 23 submissions received so far, 20 oppose the council’s draft brothel control bylaw, including one from Family First NZ president Bob McCoskrie. Family First’s submission supports the existing bylaw, which bans brothels within 100m of homes, schools, preschools, churches, community facilities or reserves. The modified bylaw was recommended because the current bylaw could breach the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, which legalised commercial sex. Many opposition submitters have echoed Mr McCoskrie’s assertion “there is a strong association between brothels and gang involvement, drug and alcohol abuse, used condoms littered about and general nuisance”. But submitter Bonnie Miller Perry, of Cromwell, said Family’s First’s statement was “untrue” in the wake of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 – a piece of legislation she said had been lauded internationally for its “enlightened approach” and was “still influencing other countries in their reforms”. http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/queenstown/135100/warning-council-over-brothel-bylaw
Lauded internationally? By who? Many European countries are going in the opposite direction to NZ. The submitter has obviously been unaware of the news items outside of Cromwell consistently highlighting kiwi communities’ opposition to residential brothels, street prostitution, the prevalence of underage street prostitutes, trafficking, and many other concerns around the flawed legislation.
Anyway, be an agitator and make a submission opposing brothels being legal in the centre of Queenstown and Wanaka shopping areas. All the details are here http://www.familyfirst.org.nz/issues/queenstown_wanaka_brothel_bylaw Submissions must be made by November 22.
UPDATE: Italy to ban street prostitution – Guardian UK 5 Nov 2010
Mara Carfagna, the equal opportunities minister, said a package of measures will include banning prostitution in public places. “The aim is to cut off the oxygen to criminal organisations that profit from the bodies of women who are often very young and, in the overwhelming majority of cases, foreign,” she said.