Prostitute problems spark council action

first_imgChristchurch Press 10 Feb 2012A city council working party will aim to deal “quickly and effectively” with prostitution problems in residential areas, a city councillor says. Prostitutes have caused problems for Manchester St residents in the block between Bealey Ave and Edgeware Rd since moving into the area after last February’s earthquake. Police arrested 14 people last month in an operation targeting prostitutes and their minders after a string of complaints. At their meeting yesterday, councillors formed a working party to deal with problems. The working party will include councillors Helen Broughton, Aaron Keown, Sue Wells and either Tim Carter or Yani Johanson, as well as a representative from both the Shirley-Papanui and Hagley-Ferrymead community boards. The group will work with police, residents and the Prostitutes Collective to determine the best way to relocate the sex workers. It would also consider a council staff recommendation that extra street lighting and public toilets in the prostitutes’ original Manchester St location would make them more likely to move back. Broughton said the council needed to deal with the problems “quickly and effectively”. “I think it’s untenable that the people of Manchester St are suffering this amount of nuisance.

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