Five men were approached by a prostitute who lifted her shirt to reveal "evidence of a recent job" and were then offered the same service, a recent local body newsletter claims.
The incident, which took place in a Hunters Corner store, is the latest in a string of problems with prostitutes in South Auckland. It has been outlined in a newsletter published on behalf of the local boards for Mangere-Otahuhu, Otara-Papatoetoe and Manurewa.
The boards have had an ongoing battle with street prostitution in South Auckland, in particular at Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe.
"Parliament created this problem for us and we need Parliament's help to correct it," the newsletter said.
The boards said they needed "meaningful and enforceable bylaws" which could control street prostitution "which presently enjoys the freest trading of any New Zealand industry.
"Even the most liberal politicians would agree that this cannot continue," it said.
The newsletter said local business owners and residents had spoken to the boards about the way prostitution affects them.
All spoke anonymously for fear of retribution.
"The sad thing is I'm reluctant to confront these people directly because I might come in to work the next day and find my front window broken," one said.
Another local businesswoman said the wing mirror on her car was smashed off by a prostitute.
"It is just unpleasant and puts you on your nerves. Sometimes I feel like I'm interfering with their business just by parking outside my shop," she said.
A local resident said that prostitutes often use his front porch for transactions because he cleans up the remnants.
He has had to move his bedroom to the back of his house so he's not disturbed by the sex workers.
The three boards have lobbied local and regional governments around the country to support a bill before Parliament aimed at giving councils more power to control street prostitution.
It follows a booklet on South Auckland street prostitution, published in July by the local boards, which sparked complaints of discrimination to the Human Rights Commission.
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