Sex in the city makes Mt Vic residents see red

The Dominion Post 21 May 2008

Irate neighbours of a Mt Victoria brothel have called for commercial sex to be kept out of Wellington’s residential suburbs. The Lovely Lilly opened in Pirie St about 18 months ago and did business below the radar of residents for months. It gained Wellington City Council approval last year to increase its number of working girls, outraging some local people. Residents say the brothel’s busiest time is between 11am and 3pm on weekdays, ruining the family feel of the suburb.

Lilly co-owners Li Dan and Li Zhong Cheng have been served a trespass notice after one neighbour called police as tensions mounted. The issue has erupted as the city council prepares to hear submissions on its commercial sex premises bylaws tomorrow.