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NZ: Police prostitution swoop nets 14 arrests (Canterbury)

Publish Date: 17 Jan 2012
Source: Fairfax NZ News
By: Keith Lynch

SUBURBAN PROSTITUTION: A prostitute waits for business on a suburban Christchurch street. Photo / Fairfax NZ News.

Christchurch police made 14 arrests over the weekend in an operation targeting street prostitutes, clients and their associates in the Manchester St area.

Acting central area commander Inspector Al Stewart said the operation was in response to public concerns.

"There is always an element attached to prostitution that causes public concern..."

"There is always an element attached to prostitution that causes public concern, whether it is their general activity itself or the behaviour of some of their minders or clients," said Stewart.

"Most of the arrests were for people wanted on warrants, while a few were for behavioural and dishonesty matters.''

Police would continue to actively focus on the area over the next few weeks, Stewart said.

"While the services being offered on Manchester Street are legal, some of the behaviour, which can be intimidating and offensive in nature, by associates of the prostitutes is not,'' he said.

Prostitutes have been working from the northern end of Manchester St, between Bealey Ave and Edgeware Rd, since the February earthquake left their usual haunt, the street's central city blocks, in the red-zone cordon.

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