To think we could make it safe for them!

From the Christchurch Press yesterday, we see further evidence that the decriminalisation of prostitution has done nothing to protect women.

A drug-addicted Christchurch prostitute bailed after admitting dishonesty offences to support her habit was today remanded in custody after committing further offences. Mother-of-two Sasha Elizabeth Miles pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to further offences after pleading guilty in November to 23 charges. The court was told that her children, aged six and 15, had been in the care of friend since Miles was re-arrested on Wednesday. Judge Michael Crosbie said that due to her “escalating offending”  the children may be better with different care arrangements.

“May”???!!!

Among the pleas on November 10, 37-year-old Miles admitted using a bank card and personal identification number from one of her clients to get cash. Today she admitted two further charges of dishonestly using documents, two of unlawful possession of knives, possession of a class B drug, and an offence under the Medicines Act.

Here we have a mother of two, drug-addicted, carrying knives for protection, raising her children – as a prostitute. What type of society accepts that??!! Very sad.

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6 comments for “To think we could make it safe for them!

  1. Stephanie
    18 January 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This mother is being held on charges and yet the judge who was hearing the charges and seeing the evidence relating to the 9 year old abuse victim in his wisdom has allowed the parents who severely abused their 9 year old daughter – not to mention the others in their care – out on bail!! Why is the judge not up on neglect charges as well? and who pays the bail for these low lifes? The only quote from Paula Bennett I agree with is that ‘ we are still letting our children down’

  2. Lydia
    12 May 2011 at 4:11 pm

    That’s one hooker out of many. Its out of order to judge the majority by a small minority. Don’t you think?

  3. Bob
    12 May 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Are you suggesting that she’s the only drug addicted prostitute???

  4. Sb
    12 May 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Various surveys since 2001 done in NZ (available from the normal places on the web)

    Have indicated that sex workers in general have about a 5% rate of substance dependency problem. This is approximately the same as New Zealand’s population as a whole.

    However street based sex workers, who make up about 10% of New Zealand’s sex worker population have a dependency rate of over 80% !

    So she is not typical for a NZ sex worker in general but very typical for a street based sex worker.

  5. Bob
    12 May 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I’d be keen to see those reports

  6. Sb
    13 May 2011 at 12:47 am

    Sure – unfortunately the govt has redone their website so none of my saved links work anymore so you might have to do a bit of searching. IIRC they were linked off the background info page. its a couple of years since I looked at the site and its all changed

    I suspect that its somewhere on this page http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/commercial-property-and-regulatory/prostitution/prostitution-law-review-committee

    Its probably the one from the Christchurch school of medicine buts its been years and i might be misremembering exactly which report it came from though i am sure of the figures.

    Good hunting

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