Lynley Bilby is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Brothel's fundraiser for kids charity slammed

During the adult-only open day, three staff members will lead visitors on site tours and answer questions about their jobs. Photo / iStock
During the adult-only open day, three staff members will lead visitors on site tours and answer questions about their jobs. Photo / iStock

A fundraiser by a brothel to raise money for a charity that makes kids' lunches is being slammed by a family watchdog.

South Taranaki bordello "Shh...Adult Fun Spot" is hosting an "open home" next month to raise money for Kai Kitchen, a charity that provides school lunches for about 40 Hawera children.

During the adult-only open day, three staff members will lead visitors on site tours and answer questions about their jobs.

But Family First national director Bob McCroskie is branding the fundraiser a "tacky" gimmick and a cynical attempt by the brothel owners to promote their business and normalise prostitution.

He called for the children's food charity to reject any association with the brothel and distance itself from the fundraiser.

"This is simply a cynical attempt by the sex industry to try and normalise a business by having an 'open home', which many in the community will object to.

To then associate prostitution with children and promote the brothel via a charity feeding children is just tacky," he said.

Mr McCroskie said families did not want brothels in communities or near schools, churches, marae, shopping precincts or restaurants. The organisation was regularly contacted by concerned parents throughout New Zealand opposed to brothels opening in their local communities, he said.

Family First was also concerned at the link between prostitution and gangs and criminal behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual abuse and violence.

"How can we be serious about reducing sexual violence against women when brothels legitimise the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people? There is a healthy stigma against prostitution - and for good reason," said Mr McCroskie.

The March 12 open day is being touted as a way to break down barriers between the community and sex industry and at the same time raise money for a good cause.

Brothel owner Nicky Hughes is also a committee member of the Kai Kitchen.

- NZ Herald

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