Media Release 25th May 2016
It is a great tragedy that another young Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton, should be murdered, probably as a result of street prostitution. The Prostitution Reform Act decriminalising prostitution was passed by Parliament in 2003. Renee is the fourth prostitute to be murdered since the passing of the Act. Mallory Manning, 2008, Suzie Sutherland and another 24 year old in 2005, who has permanent name suppression. These murders are the ultimate violence inflicted on vulnerable and defenceless young women. The rapes and beatings that these young women endure are often not reported.
New Zealand, to our great shame, is allowing the trafficking and slavery of women in prostitution. Prostitution is a violation of human rights and violence against women, who are subject to assault, rape and murder. Many women are in prostitution not out of choice but through enslavement to drug and alcohol addiction. The infamous Prostitution Reform Act 2003 was initiated by Labour MP Tim Barnett and passed with support from Sue Bradford of the Green Party, under a Labour government. Labour forced its caucus to vote for the bill, which passed by a margin of 60 to 59. This Act permits women over the age of 18 to be prostitutes; it allows for street prostitution which enables predatory pimps to live off the earnings of prostitution. Prostitutes are now called sex workers. This blatant social engineering which seeks to normalise prostitution as a worthy career choice has and is causing huge damage to our society. [Read more…]