Pros­ti­tu­tion by­law tabled

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Dur­ing last Thurs­day’s South Waikato District Coun­cil meet­ing it was moved that the South Waikato Pros­ti­tu­tion Lo­ca­tion and Sig­nage By­law 2012 be cre­ated.

The pro­vi­sion of a spe­cific by­law is a proac­tive mea­sure in fu­ture proof­ing should there ever be­come an is­sue with sex­ual ser­vices ac­tiv­i­ties in the district. It also pro­vides some cer­tainty as to the re­stric­tions in place, in­clud­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage.

South Waikato District Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment group man­ager Sharon Robin­son said a lot of what was in the draft by­law had been tested by other coun­cils. She said one of the points to clar­ify was whether the coun­cil wanted to have the list of where the prop­er­ties were lo­cated within the district.

Coun­cil­lor Mike Gubb said: ‘‘Just go­ing back to that list of broth­els, how did you say that was go­ing to work?’’

Mrs Robin­son took Cr Gubb back to the agenda item, say­ing that if any per­son wished to estab­lish or op­er­ate a brothel they must no­tify the coun­cil in writ­ing of their in­ten­tions prior to com­mence­ment. She said that al­lowed the coun­cil to check if they met the 100-me­tre cri­te­ria of a sen­si­tive site.

Cr Gubb ques­tioned who would have ac­cess to that in­for­ma­tion once the coun­cil had it.

Mrs Robin­son said it would be used to check that op­er­a­tors were com­ply­ing with the by­law.

‘‘As long as that’s how it goes I’m happy with that. I’d hate for it to be­come . . . that peo­ple could come in, or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups, and ask for that in­for­ma­tion,’’ Cr Gubb said.

Cr Gubb also asked who de­ter­mined a brothel to be a brothel. ‘‘If a premises chooses to run as a brothel, it looks like a brothel but it’s not a brothel?’’

A mo­ment of con­fu­sion stopped pro­ceed­ings.

The by­law will be ad­ver­tised and con­sulted on be­fore the coun­cil adopts the by­law.

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