“Kapiti Coast District Council is now trying to deal with the issue but they are in a no-win situation as they attempt to balance the concerns and demands of families with the requirements of a flawed law. The ongoing problems throughout the country have been once again highlighted. Brothels – no matter how large or small – simply shouldn’t be in residential areas or near sensitive sites such as schools, churches or maraes,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“The fallout from the naïve decriminalisation of prostitution has affected both residential areas and family shopping areas and the local councils have been powerless to act appropriately,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Accounts of home brothels (SOOB’s) where men willing to pay for sex are visiting nearby homes trying to find the brothel, and concerns about noise, traffic, intimidation, and late-night visits are common experiences from having a brothel in a residential street or next to a school.”
In an independent poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research in 2011, 66% wanted brothels banned in residential areas, 26% disagreed, and the remainder (8%) were either unsure or refused to answer. More women than men wanted the ban.
“New Zealanders are giving the government the green light to get the red light out of residential and family shopping areas – yet the government is pathetically weak in its response. It appears that they don’t want to admit in any way that they made a huge mistake when they decriminalised prostitution in 2004,” says Mr McCoskrie.