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The Star: July 19, 2018

The Star: July 19,

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Street sex workers brutal lives revealed • By Gordon Findlater HE MIGHT look a little more grizzled but this is the unmistakable face, albeit bearded, of Alex Wyllie. And he is soon to be a hit on television – as a bowler. The 73-year-old is part of a three-member Woodend club team that will play in a national televised competition called Bowls3 – which is being labelled the equivalent of cricket’s T20. The six teams selected to compete in the live-to-air competition on Sky Sport, running for six weeks from October 23, are Point Chevalier (Auckland), Stokes Valley (Wellington), Woodend, Stoke Grizz is bowling them over again (Nelson), Royal Oak (Auckland) and Gore. Wyllie will play alongside another Canterbury rugby identity Na Katae, who played his career for New Brighton, and Jenny Anderson. Known for his uncompromising attitude on the rugby field, Wyllie is much more sedate on the bowling green. “Sometimes I do feel like giving myself an uppercut though. I can get quite vocal but I’m more likely to yell at my own team than the opposition,” he said. Katae took up bowls eight years ago and has become immersed in the sport and the social aspect that comes with it. •Turn to page 6 • By Julia Evans STREET SEX workers in Christchurch are regarded as “trash” and “disposable population” others can treat how they like. That includes being gang-raped in a work van and having beer bottles thrown at them. The details are revealed in a new report on what is described as the “harrowing” lives of street sex workers. “Street-based sex workers are often stigmatised to such a degree that they are seen as a ‘disposable population’ which makes them a target for violent attacks,” Street-Based Sex Workers in Christchurch says. It was written by Otago University associate professor Gillian Abel and the New Zealand Prostitute’s Collective legal adviser Bridie Sweetman. The report will used by a working group made up of Manchester St residents, the city council, police and the prostitute’s collective. They are looking to solve long-standing tensions between the sex workers and residents. •Full story, pages 4-5 The only heat pump to guarantee full heating output right down to -15°C! Call us today for your free quote! 03 377 0034 CHRISTCHURCH Wigram Air Force Museum 11 & 12 August 10am-5pm Daily Free Tickets Online!