Illegal brothels shut in crackdown

NZ Herald 14 Feb 2012
A number of brothels in residential areas have been raided and closed in a crackdown on law-breaking sex workers in Auckland.

Authorities are understood to have searched, among other premises, a central city apartment and an address in Mt Albert.

Details of the raids come weeks after the raid on an unlicensed brothel with more than 30 sex workers operating from a first-floor Brown St apartment, next to the Richmond Rd Primary School in Ponsonby.

“Over the last six months, the council has investigated and undertaken enforcement action in a number of residential locations where complaints have been received regarding alleged brothels operating unlawfully,” said Angela Jones, a spokeswoman for the Auckland Council.

“In most instances, the council found that the number of people working on the site exceeded the numbers permitted by the district plan.

“Abatement notices were issued ordering them to comply with the plan.”
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