Stuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012
A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes – including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.
….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St.