Mas­sage-only clinic plagued by brothel fly­ers

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

THE owner of a Green­lane mas­sage busi­ness is up­set at fliers dis­trib­uted to nearby houses call­ing her ser­vice a brothel.

Coco Lu, who runs the Mon­ica Clinic, says she is not re­spon­si­ble for the fly­ers, which fea­ture an ex­plicit pho­to­graph and a list of ser­vices, in­clud­ing sex.

“I’m very an­gry and want to find out who sent the let­ters. It’s def­i­nitely all wrong,” she says.

“I don’t know who would want to cause me trou­ble.”

She says the busi­ness only pro­vides mas­sage and she has al­ready spo­ken to neigh­bours and writ­ten let­ters of apol­ogy to peo­ple who re­ceived the fly­ers.

A sign at the prop­erty ad­ver­tises health mas­sage, foot mas­sage and pain treat­ment mas­sage.

Neigh­bours say the graphic pam­phlet is the sec­ond they have re­ceived about the Camp­bell Rd prop­erty.

The first was de­liv­ered in Septem­ber, writ­ten by a man say­ing he had been to the prop­erty and there were plenty of girls to choose from.

Res­i­dent Mary Rose, who lives sev­eral doors down, says she was stunned by the mail­ers.

“The first time I was re­ally, re­ally shocked. I’ve got two kids and I was in a real state. If I had known, I cer­tainly wouldn’t have rented this place.”

When her chil­dren found the sec­ond flyer with the ex­plicit pho­to­graph in the let­ter­box, she de­cided to talk to the own­ers of the busi- ness, who apol­o­gised. She is op­posed to the idea of a brothel, but says aside from vis­i­tors park­ing their cars on the street, the mas­sage busi­ness is not caus­ing any dis­tur­bance.

“The clien­tele doesn’t seem to be any un­de­sir­ables. They seem to run it quite dis­creetly.”

A cou­ple liv­ing next to the premises are con­cerned other ser­vices may be of­fered at the house and have con­tacted Auck­land City Coun­cil and the prop­erty’s own­ers.

“We know the own­ers are not that kind of peo­ple. They are re­spectable and hard­work­ing,” says the woman.

They say peo­ple vis­it­ing the prop­erty con­stantly park out­side their house.

Se­nior sergeant Hirone Ware­tini says he’s made a com­plaint to the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Au­thor­ity on be­half of a res­i­dent.

Au­thor­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Hi­lary Souter says the com­plaint will be pro­cessed.

She says it would be un­usual to come across a sit­u­a­tion where an ad­ver­tiser could not be iden­ti­fied.

Coun­cil ser­vice man­ager Chris Ho­ran says the premises does not have a brothel li­cence but does hold a health pro­tec­tion li­cence for op­er­at­ing a mas­sage par­lour.

“The coun­cil has in­ves­ti­gated sev­eral com­plaints against the ad­dress al­leg­ing that there is a brothel but we have not found any ev­i­dence that this is the case.

“The bed­rooms are set up with mas­sage ta­bles. We have no ev­i­dence or rea­son to sus­pect that there is a brothel op­er­at­ing from the site.”

He says legally there is lit­tle the coun­cil can do about the fliers and there are no by­laws to stop peo­ple dis­tribut­ing them.

Broth­els face re­stric­tions around signs on the prop­erty but not around other means of pro­mo­tion such as the in­ter­net, news­pa­per or fly­ers.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

False ad­ver­tis­ing: Pam­phlets were sent out call­ing the Green­lane prop­erty a brothel.

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