A cluster of premises offering commercial sex are operating within a kilometre of one another in an upmarket Auckland city-fringe suburb, irking residents and businesses in an area where house prices average over $820,000.
Four Chinese-operated massage clinics on the Epsom end of Manukau Rd offer sexual services and the Herald understands at least three other private homes off the main street are also being used as brothels.
Margot St resident Stace Hartley, who has lodged a complaint with the Auckland Council, said the brothels had “split Epsom into two … just like K Rd and Ponsonby”.
“We pay a premium in rent because this was supposed to be a prime Auckland suburb, but it’s really becoming a pain living here when you get strangers knocking at your door asking if this is where they can buy sex.”
The mother of two said she was told by a brothel customer who mistakenly knocked on her door that three houses within metres of her home were being used by sex workers.
Epsom Girls wants action on brothels
NZ Herald 30 August 2013
Epsom Girls Grammar is considering a fresh complaint to Auckland Council after a Herald report that brothels are operating in its immediate area.
Seven brothels – four Chinese-operated massage clinics and three home-based brothels – offer commercial sex at the Epsom end of Manukau Rd, just a short walk from the school.