Title: It's over! Select Committee recommends against Manukau Bill Credit: Craig Young Comment Friday 5th December 2014 - 9:29pm1417768140 Article: 16130 Rights
The Local Government and Environment Committee has scrapped the controversial Manukau City (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill. This will disappoint the Auckland Council, hellbent on recriminalising street sex work and which has never supported the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Instead, if faced with a minority of obstructive and misbehaving street sex workers, existing public nuisance laws have been suggested as alternative measures to control street sex work if needed. The select committee acknowledged Auckland Council and other local body support, but if enacted as it stood, the bill would have covered only Auckland and not constrained similar activity elsewhere. As the Prostitutes Collective has always maintained, other existing legislative remedies are available. Most complaints appeared to deal with client kerb-crawling and disorderly behaviour, and were amenable to regulation under the Summary Offences Act. Non-governmental organisations could also assist in the control of drug and alcohol concerns. The Auckland Council could also increase the number of public rubbish bins, keep public toilets open for twenty four hours and provide adequate lighting as well as disposal units for used IV syringes. The bill was unaccaptable because it would have mangled the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 and severely eroded its effectiveness. The Manukau City Council (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill passed its first reading in 2010 and has been languishing in the Local Government and Environment select committee after it heard submissions on the bill in 2012. Most professional submissions recommended that the bill be scrapped. Recommended: Vernon Small: "Auckland prostitution ban scrapped" 05.12.2014: http://www.stuff. proposed-auckland- prostitution-ban- scrapped Craig Young - 5th December 2014    
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