alp227 (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Sun Jun-27-10 12:28 PM
Calls to ban brothels in Australia's 'Bible belt'
Source: BBC News
Powers to ban brothels on moral grounds are being sought by a Christian-dominated council in one of Australia's fastest-growing regions.
Although regulations vary, prostitution is generally legal across much of Australia and brothels are controlled by planning laws.
However, the mayor of the Hills Shire Council in Sydney says there is no place for the sex industry in the "Bible Belt" district, home to one of the largest churches in the country.
Peter Dimbrowsky told the BBC that the community should have the right to outlaw brothels.
"While we've deliberately made it difficult for them to be successful in this area, we've also said that we deserve the right to say no to them if we feel that a sufficient number of people are sufficiently against this type of application."
He said: "You should be able to argue that in this part of Sydney or in any part of a city where it is family-orientated, it may be better for them not to be there at all."