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