‘You can buy ev­ery­thing in this world, why not sex?’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Basement’s Sinful Secret -

Res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers re­acted in vary­ing ways to the news:

The man­ager of Seek­ers Let­ting Agency in New Street, Mandy Moon, said: “We found the ten­ants for the prop­erty but it was the land­lord who man­aged it.

“We un­der­stand from the land­lord that he’d been in con­tact with the po­lice but that was all we knew un­til the po­lice turned up. We didn’t no­tice any­thing strange go­ing on be­cause the prop­erty is at the back of our of­fice.”

Jim Symes, 65, owner of Ash­ford Sew­ing Cen­tre in neigh­bour­ing Gil­bert Road, said: “I was aware the brothel was there. I saw a lot of ac­tiv­ity go­ing on. When­ever I loaded up my van there was some­body go­ing round there. I’d say it was go­ing on for a few months. I be­lieve one of my neigh­bours re­ported it to the coun­cil and po­lice.”

Cllr Gra­ham Galpin, who rep­re­sents Stour ward and lives in Bar­row Hill Ter­race, said: “As a res­i­dent of Ash­ford I am dis­ap­pointed peo­ple need to use such places and dis­ap­pointed that it was there. It is an in­sult to the town.”

Shirley Knott com­mented on Ken­tOn­line: “I’ve al­ways won­dered why broth­els are not le­gal.

“The girls or boys wouldn’t be forced or co­erced into work­ing, they would pay tax and Na­tional Insurance.

“Part of the li­cence would re­quire reg­u­lar med­i­cal checks and maybe it would cut down on the num­ber of rapes – why take the chance when you could pay for it legally?”

Von­nie999 wrote on Ken­tOn­line: “I think it should be le­galised. There’s plenty of broth­els in Kent.

“I feel sorry for the pros­ti­tutes forced to work un­der­ground with pimps who take 90% of their earn­ings and beat them if they try to leave.

“You can buy ev­ery­thing in this world, so why not sex?!”

Cllr Gra­ham Galpin: ‘It is an in­sult to the town’

Sew­ing Cen­tre owner Jim Symes saw visi­tors at the premises

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