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Debate begins over Auckland super-brothel

Monday 12 Nov 2012 8:17 a.m.

The Prime Minister believes the legalisation of prostitution has failed to safeguard sex workers and bring a halt to underage prostitution.

The Auckland Council is today taking argument for and against a super-brothel near the Sky Tower.

The Prostitution Reform Act passed in 2003 but John Key told James Coleman that it has failed to meet its aims.

“Has it worked or probably not, there are still a lot of reports of young people being engaged in prostitution well and truly below the age which Parliament set which was 18.”

Opponents of the super-brothel warn it'll change the character of part of the city and hurt its image.

The Auckland Council is this morning hearing arguments on the proposed 15-storey tower, which will contain a night club, hotel and brothel, on Victoria Street, opposite the Sky Tower.

Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn, says the brothel would move Auckland in the opposite direction it should be going:

“Families will not want to be coming and bringing children into that part of the city. It really detracts from the attraction of downtown Auckland.”

The council had made clear it will not accept moral arguments or submission on the possibility of the brothel attracting crime to the area.

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