Another reason for banning street prostitution

From the NZ Herald this morning

Since the devastating February 2011 quake, prostitutes have moved from damaged central Christchurch into the residential neighbourhood of St Albans, and residents have complained of noise, litter and intimidation. Melissa Saggers, whose neighbourhood has been “claimed” by prostitutes and their minders since February last year, says it is affecting people’s lives. She has often seen prostitutes sitting on her letterbox and operating from outside her home, and finds used condoms and needles in her garden. Their presence means Miss Saggers no longer has her nephews or nieces staying with her at her home. “The pimps and prostitutes make you feel very unsafe. I don’t even like to leave the front door after dark. They can be quite verbally harassing. They’ve sort of claimed the street as theirs. There’s not respect for those of us who live here. It’s all about them.”

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3 comments for “Another reason for banning street prostitution

  1. James
    2 March 2012 at 1:38 am

    Its not the banning of a consensual activity that’s needed…its the police to do their damn jobs and enforce peoples private property rights…

  2. Bob
    2 March 2012 at 2:15 pm

    It’s highly questionable whether it’s consensual. It often involves abused women (and men), pressure by pimps (and in some cases, parents!), and sexual exploitation by men.

    There are no redeeming factors relating to prostitution, and the politicians who decriminalized it should hang their heads in shame

  3. James
    4 March 2012 at 11:59 am

    Sure there are instances of abuse etc…but that occurred far more often when prostitution was illegal leaving the Women without the protection of recourse to the law. What you said about pimps etc is mostly myth…most NZ Prostitutes work for themselves.

    But the majority of prostitutes in NZ are not abused and many enjoy their work and make very good incomes from it. Sure there’s the mental aspect but all jobs have that factor to various degrees.

    At the end of the day its the Women’s free choice to offer herself for money in a free exchange…and we should support her right to do so even if we personally would not make the same choice ourselves.

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