Massage-only clinic plagued by brothel flyers
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.
False advertising: Pamphlets were sent out calling the Greenlane property a brothel.