Pastor condemns ‘illegal’ city brothels, calls for tough action


BODY of Christ chairman Rev Joseph Walters has condemned the operation of brothels in Port Moresby.
“As far as the Body of Christ Church is concerned, brothels are illegal in our country and those arrested and charged must face the full course of the law,” he said.
Rev Walters was responding to last week’s media reports of brothels operating illegally in several locations in the city.
Most of the owners were arrested and charged in a joint operation conducted by the police and immigration authorities.
A teenaged girl was also reported to have been found in a brothel.
She was allegedly sold by her cousin sister for K100. Rev Walters said Papua New Guinea was a Christian country and business activities as such, in the view of the Christian faith were immoral.
“It has negative impacts on family units and must not be tolerated at all costs,” he said.
“We commended the immediate legal action taken against owners of the guest house and night clubs involved.”
Rev Walters said his church wanted to see those arrested and charged prosecuted successfully to send a warning to everyone to keep away from this type of business.
“We want their licence to operate as clubs and guest house withdrawn,” he said.
“If they are foreigners or naturalised citizens revoke their licence and visas since they failed to respect the rule of law governing PNG.”
Rev Walters also condemned the apparent selling of children in this business.
“There are other means of making money, instead of resorting to immoral and lustful activities.”