The NZ press are reporting that women working as prostitutes in the city of Christchurch are complaining about ‘new’ clients robbing, disrespecting and abusing them.
The city is undergoing something of a mini boom with an influx of migrant workers helping out with post-earthquake reconstruction. Naturally, where there are lonely men with cash looking for entertainment, there are bound to be people wanting to keep them company.
The problem is that the men aren’t treating the prostitutes very well, forgetting that their occupation is legal in New Zealand. According to the local press
Prostitutes’ Collective regional co-ordinator Anna Reed said street workers had reported incidents of people from “other cultures” treating them rudely, trying to get more for less, being abusive or stealing money afterwards – “assuming that they wouldn’t go to the police or tell anyone because they’re just ‘common prostitutes’,” she said.
“This is in the mindset of some people from some cultures, which we will not name,” she said. “It’s not that they are flocking but we’re certainly noticing them in our stats.”
But why the coyness about the “other cultures” is she worried that naming them will be bad for business, or is this really a non-problem? What’s the real story here?
“Sex workers do have a lot of rights and we’re concerned that some of the people coming into Christchurch from other cultures don’t recognise this [or] value women as highly as we do.”
Would that be the same ‘Christchurch culture’ that highly values its women and children (Tisha Lowry, Mellory Manning, Vanessa Pickering, Rebecca Chamberlain, Ketty Downey, Emma Agnew, Marie Davis, Gaynor White, Suzie Sutherland, Emma Campbell and many others) by mutilating and murdering them; and then torching the houses of horror where they died?
In the years before earthquakes put Christchurch on the gold trail, the city was known as the “Murder Capital of New Zealand”, not so much for the number of deaths there but for the shockingly brutal and depraved way in which killers slaughtered their female victims.
Read this from the NZ Listener in 2009 – What Lies Beneath “Bizarre and high-profile murders of Christchurch women have spawned the title “Crimechurch”. Is there something uniquely brutal lurking beneath the Garden City’s polished veneer?”
“The police found the body of Vanessa Pickering towards the end of a sunless Christchurch summer. They searched for the young mother under a monolithic grey sky and found her discarded down a hard bony slope on the dried-off Port Hills, the city’s recreational playground.
Just a few days earlier, the Christchurch High Court had handed down a life sentence to Jason Somerville for the “house of horrors” murders, in which he killed his neighbour Tisha Lowry and later his wife, Rebecca Chamberlain, by strangling them and stuffing underpants down their throats, then having sex with his dead victims and burying them under his house.
Not so many weeks before, the Garden City had seen Ashley Peach sentenced to life for murdering Kerry Downey, an animal rescue worker who had been called to his flat to pick up an unwanted cat. He’d dumped her in the Port Hills.
The list of brutalised women and children goes on: Marie Davis, the 15-year-old schoolgirl raped, suffocated and dumped in the Waimakariri River; Emma Agnew, raped, murdered and dumped in Spencer Park; Mellory Manning, stabbed, savagely beaten and dumped in the pretty Avon River by an unknown killer; Suzie Sutherland, strangled by Jule Burns and dumped in a vacant section.
Even in a country that produces roughly a murder a week, there seems to be something shockingly brutal and depraved about the way Christchurch’s killers slaughter their victims. The Christchurch Women’s Refuge reports an alarming and chilling increase in the sheer viciousness of attacks on women. “There seems to be much more anger attached to the assaults than previously,” says chief executive Annette Gillespie. “We only talk about the women who are murdered, because that’s what comes to our attention, but we see women every day who are only a second away from death but the cases are not reported because they haven’t died…” more
Look deeper into the Stuff article, beyond the xenophobic attack on cashed-up migrant workers, and you’ll see the real story.
A pamphlet has been issued by Community and Public Health CPH), telling clients how to behave nicely, no one wants to ruin business during the gold rush. But, the CPH’s offices are located in Manchester Street
“…where there had also been patch conflict between prostitutes, tension between prostitutes and residents, and “so-called minders” using dogs as weapons. Those matters also needed addressing”
said the medical officer of health.
Licences for street workers – much like those required for busking – could be an option, he said. If the licences came with a small fee, the Christchurch City Council could hire security guards to monitor the area.”It would be good for the agencies to think about how this whole industry is kept safe for everyone,” he said…” full article here
Christchurch city councillor Ali Jones thinks its a good idea and has organised meetings with
the local sheriff police, the collective and Manchester St residents over tensions in the residential area
Basically, Christchurch is the new wild west and the locals are kicking up a stink as the city is carved up between different cartels all looking for their share of the takings. Its a free for all, the police aren’t coping and someone needs to get in there and sort it out.
Great place to take your family? think again and ride on by.
Are you a Christchurch resident affected by these issues? we’d like to hear from you.
Looks like prostitution and drug use are closely associated in Christchurch, and the Mongrel Mob gang is right there in the thick of it controlling the action.
Today’s the second day of the trial of the murder of Mellory Manning (one of the women named above) ” allegedly tracked down and murdered by the Mongrel Mob because she owed the gang drug money.”
“Licence to Kill”
“…Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, 26, is defending himself in the High Court in Christchurch, where he faces a charge of murdering Manning, 27, on or about December 18, 2008. Her partly naked body was found in the Avon River on December 19, 2008.
The six-week trial began yesterday when the court heard harrowing evidence about Manning’s “bloodbath” killing…
prosecutor Pip Currie told the jury Manning was strangled, raped, stabbed and bashed at the Aotearoa Mongrel Mob’s “pad” in Galbraith Ave, Avonside.
Several people, including Fawcett, were involved in the killing and any of her wounds could have been fatal, Currie said…
Known as “Muckdog” or “Little Muckdog”, Fawcett was a prospect for the Christchurch-based Mongrel Mob chapter, which wanted to “take over” Manchester St and tax the prostitutes $20 from each of their jobs.
Prospects, also known as “soldiers”, were expected to do various tasks for the gang, which could include making money or putting their hand up to crimes to prevent a patched gang member from being arrested, a police witness told the court.
Fawcett’s job was to watch over the street workers on Manchester St. Senior gang members had told him being patched gave you “licence to kill”, Currie said.
Prostitutes could be taxed using standover tactics, and failure to pay would result in a beating – usually by a gang prospect or associate rather than by a patched member, Detective Kelvin Holden told the court…” more here
Also read more from the trial – Mob owned streets sex workers say.