‘Airbnbrothel’ set up in suburban Dunedin home

Otago Daily Times 20 September 2019
Family First Comment: But it’s legal – so it must be alright then?
No, of course not!

A sleepy North East Valley street became a seedy hotbed, Airbnb guests allegedly turning a man’s home into a busy brothel for two weeks.

The Dunedin property owner and sole occupant, who requested anonymity, said he was on holiday in Asia for a month in July and August.

His daughter helped him rent his home on Airbnb to two women, who were Chinese nationals, for 14 days.

When he arrived back it “felt icky and stank of cheap perfumes”, a stock of 50 toilet rolls was gone and a few towels were missing.

The owner earned $1770 from the guests, but a graph of his power usage shows it quadrupled in August, costing him more than $600 for the month. He also spent hundreds of dollars on cleaning and plumbing costs.

The guests were not there long before the hot-water system broke.

They contacted the owner’s daughter saying they were unable to have showers and she called a plumber.

The plumber, who also did not want to be named, said it was “amazing” how they transformed it into a centre for sex services.

“These girls had come down from Queenstown, travelling the country.

“It was very obvious what was going on.”

The women ran four phones, had a room each and operated through the night.

One was in her 40s and the other was “lucky to be in her 20s”.
READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/airbnbrothel-set-suburban-dunedin-home

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