Media Release 16 January 2011
Family First NZ is welcoming news that a residential brothel has started operating in the area where the Prime Minister lives.
“The dysfunctional laws governing brothels and street prostitution are not going to be tackled by politicians until one of them is directly affected by the negative outcomes of residential brothels. The concerned residents of Parnell should directly lobby the Prime Minister about their concerns,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ “We have huge sympathy for their plight – but they are not the first.”
“Accounts of home brothels where men willing to pay for sex are knocking on nearby homes trying to find the brothel, concerns about noise, traffic, and late-night visits experienced by the residents in Cleveland Mews is unfortunately nothing new to many residential streets around New Zealand experiencing similar outcomes from having a brothel next door.”
“It is a national disgrace that we are exposing our children and families to that level of risk.”
“The opposition to residential brothels in places such as Greenlane, Albany, North Shore, Mt Victoria in Wellington, concerns about a sex parlour to operate in the same building as a preschool in Wellington and opposite a school in Henderson, attempts by Manukau City Council to tackle the problems of street prostitution in Papatoetoe and Manurewa, and opposition to the brothel in the main street of Dannevirke and Invercargill all show that communities are not accepting the liberalised and harmful laws.”
“The decriminalisation of prostitution has been a community disaster harming families, businesses, and the welfare of workers caught in the industry. Cities throughout NZ have been trying to deal with the ‘hospital pass’ given by the politicians when they passed this law,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Now that John Key has one in his ‘back yard’ it may be the catalyst we urgently need for the politicians fixed the obvious flaws in the law.”