More than 40 poles for traffic signs New Zealand’s biggest city have been destroyed by prostitutes dancing on them to attract clients.
“Prostitutes use these street sign poles as dancing poles,” said Donna Lee, an elected member of the city council’s Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.
“The poles are part of their soliciting equipment and they often snap them,” she continued, adding: “Some of the prostitutes are big, strong people.”
The news came out after the community board published a booklet detailing frustrations of residents and businesses urging to stop the rampant sex trade on their doorstep, writes The Telegraph.
Hunter’s Corner, the area Ms Lee represents, has become known as a meeting place for prostitutes and their clients.
Bernie Taylor, a local resident, said: “We had a parcel delivered to us recently and the address was ‘Hooker’s Corner’ and it found its way to us with no problems whatsoever.”
Locals have joined together, holding placards to welcome publication of the community board’s report, which urges parliament in Wellington to give Auckland Council powers to ban prostitutes from certain areas of the city.
The officials’ report also notes other street incidents, such as an angry clash in which it says a “transvestite rammed a supermarket trolley into a woman’s car before lying across the bonnet, and a school-bus full of children observing a transvestite changing her dress.”
John McCracken, the board’s chairman, told reporters: “We are beyond moral outrage. We just ask for some reasonable control of this industry.”
However, the Prostitutes Collective if the city’s Council is given powers to outlaw popular streets it will encourage sex workers to stop carrying condoms in case they are questioned by police.
Co-ordinator Annah Pickering said in an interview: “They’ll be expected to pay a fine, which they can’t pay.They’ll go to court, then they have to come back on to the streets and work to pay them off.”
Pole dancers in United States such as Wendy Traskos, founder of the U.S. Pole Dancing Federation, voiced their opinion that New Zealand locals are being unfair to the sport of “urban pole dancing.”
The described it as “an activity where practitioners take what they’ve learned in gyms or clubs and apply it to metal street signs, wooden stakes or scaffolds”
Traskos, who promotes pole dancing as a healthy activity, suggested that Aukland’s problem may not be alleged prostitution, but the material being used on the signs.
“What exactly do they make their signs out of anyway in New Zealand? Tissue paper?” Traskos asked The Huffington Post.
“This sounds crazy and maybe the city needs to rethink what they make signs out of, if a 125-plus pound woman is going do destroy it by doing acrobatics on it.”.
“Charley” Crystal Harris, a pole dancer from Michigan, warned poyential “street polers” that they could get some strange looks.
“It can go both ways,” she said. “Some people will give you funny looks and assume we’re strippers who just don’t have a pole. But, really, we’re just doing tricks. It’s not like we’re bringing music to the park.”
New Zealand has some of the most liberal prostitution laws in the world after the sex trade was decriminalised by the previous Labour government in 2003.