Given that no-one's slammed Brown for his hypocritical grandstanding over the depravity of street sex workers engaging in survival sex while engaging in extramarital nooky with a younger woman himself, I might as well be the first one. And given the possibility of improper appointment of same, Len's mayoral future seems bleak. I'm told several people have been sighted with "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Minto" t-shirts already...
Actually, I used to live in College Street, only a block away from the drama that unfolded in Chaytor Street all those years ago. I was completely oblivious to it.
And, in fact, the local cops oppose the Manukau anti-soliciting bill because it diverts their attention from intervention and resolution against violent crime in the area.
The Prostitutes Collective conducted negotiations with good faith with the Auckland Council, but it seems that specific elements on that council were unwilling to compromise, or, as I've noted, adequately explain why existing statutory public order legislation is insufficient to combat any public order offences.
Hamish's response to your question seems to suggest that there are specific pressure groups trying to make mischief over the issue and blow things out of proportion. I'm basing my observations on what the Ministry of Justice and its Prostitution Law Review Committee have stated in this context. In terms of regulation, the prohibitionists have yet to convincingly explain why existing public order statutes like the Summary Offences Act 1981, Litter Act 1979 et al cannot be invoked in this context. The Auckland Council certainly isn't willing to do so. Indeed, it seems to reject the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 out of hand.
Hamish, thanks for reinforcing what the NZ Prostitutes Collective have been saying all along- the real problem in Manukau City seems to be the unwillingness of local body politicians to crack down on out of control liquor outlets and the antisocial activity that results from them,
Actually, the real problem here is gender identity. Under the current Human Rights Act and despite the Crown Law Office opinion secured by Labour Attorney-General Michael Cullen, transsexuals are not included and are therefore subject to employment, accomodation and service provision discrimination. And many of the Hunters Corner street sex workers are whakawahine and fa'afafine.
I refuse to either tolerate or condone a situation in which vulnerable Maori and Pacific Island trans/cis street sex workers are wantonly endangered in the context of their health, safety and lives merely because fundamentalist agitators, New Zealand First and certain Auckland local body politicians want to orchestrate a moral panic against them.
Nope, sorry, once again, Russell. New Zealand is seriously behind the United Kingdom, all Australian federal, state and territory jurisdictions and Canada when it comes to including gender identity within our anti-discrimination laws. And according to Gillian Abel, many of the transwomen involved in street sex work may well be homeless and unable to access social welfare benefits, or want to risk losing their rental council properties if they work out of their rental accomodation.
This is a moral panic. Some of the cis/transgender street sex workers are just as much Manukau residents as the other residents. And PROS went too far in terms of its borderline vigilante activity. Let's not slide down the slippery slope to Central/South American-style social cleansing, shall we? The Auckland Council needs to be told in no uncertain terms that social exclusion of street sex workers (and beggars too, for that matter) is unacceptable and will be vigorously fought by LGBT and other progressive Aucklanders.
As for Rev Low, I'd be more impressed if she didn't confuse transsexuals with "transvestites" in that cited article. It's bloody transphobic and trivialises the lived experience of gender identity discrimination amongst transwomen in this context.
Thank you, namesake. The Prostitutes Collective is strongly opposed to child prostitution and the New Zealand Police could find no unambiguous evidence of underage children involved in street sex work at either Hunters Corner or Northcrest. There were street kids there, but they may not have been involved in street sex work. Added to which, the (former Manukau and now Auckland) Council refuses to let street sex workers work from council rental accomodation, nor does it open public toilets past midnight, nor does it seem to want to get tough with Manukau City centre pubs and other liquor outlets. Instead, vulnerable cis/transwomen are being blamed and victimised. How is this not a case of attempted social exclusion, Russell?
Added to which, the defunct vigilante group Papatoetoe Reclaiming Our Streets used the same vigilante tactics as Wayne Hawker is doing down in Christchurch and ended up harrassing and frightening an elderly couple whose motor vehicle registration details were erroneously reported as having been seen frequenting street sex workers in this area.
Nope, sorry, Russell...not when it means that vulnerable Maori and Pacific Island whakawahine and fa'afafine/transgender and cisgender street sex workers will be adversely affected by any such prohibitionist legislation. Anti-soliciting bans haven't worked in France and New South Wales, so why do their backers assume that they will work here? I think you might want to read the excellent work that Dr Gillian Abel at the Otago University School of Public Health has done on substantive reasons why street sex work should not be prohibited.
Granted, we need to concretely add gender identity to the Human Rights Act and get community groups involved in providing alternative vocational paths for some street sex workers, but I do not believe that the prohibitionist Manukau City Council (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill is anything other than populist moral panic territory.
And I refuse to abandon vulnerable Maori/Pacific Island transgender members of the New Zealand LGBT community.
Do not vote for the candidates asterisked below, given their stances against the health, safety and human rights of Manukau street sex workers and their support for the Manukau City Council (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill, or opposition to Epsom's boutique brothels, or strongarm tactics against Christchurch sex workers:
Local board candidates
Mangere-Otahuhu – 7 members:
Nick Bakulich, Labour
Carrol Elliott, Labour
Kayla Filimoehala, Mana
Roger Fowler, Mana
Roger Gummer, Independent
Tafafunai Tasi Lauese, Labour
Christine O’Brien, Labour
James Papali’i, Mana
Sam Patua, Independent
Leau Peter Skelton, Labour*
Lydia Sosene, Labour
Kevin Stitt, Conservative*
Walter Togiamua, Labour
Joe Trinder, Mana
Otara subdivision – 3 members
Efeso Collins, Labour
Lotu Fuli, Labour
Mary Gush, Labour
Ian Hei Hei, Mana
Jenn Jefferson, Otara Local Independents
Willie Maea, Otara Local Independents
Tupou Tamata Manapori – Vanessa Naden, Independent
Poutoa Papali’i, Otara Local Independents
Jim Sinclair, Otara First
Papatoetoe subdivision – 4 members
Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono, Team Papatoetoe
Ashraf Choudhary, Team Papatoetoe
Stephen Grey, Papatoetoe Local Independents*
Alistaire Hall, Team Papatoetoe
Donna Lee, Papatoetoe Local Independents
John McCracken, Papatoetoe Local Independents*
Paul O’Brien, Papatoetoe Local Independents
Ross Robertson, Team Papatoetoe [Former Parliamentary Sponsor of Manukau anti-soliciting bill]*
Ray Strong, Independent
Christchurch City Council: