Dominion Post 12 March 2013
Complaints from neighbours prompted the closure of a clandestine brothel operating from an inner-city Wellington apartment – but only because it breached “work-from-home” rules. Up to 20 prostitutes worked around the clock from the brothel in an apartment on The Terrace. After neighbours complained to Wellington City Council about strange sounds, and clients knocking on the wrong doors, the council shut it down. However, the 1 Night Stands escort agency – whose website boasts of being located “in the central city amongst a very discreet residential area” – has merely moved down the street. The closure was ordered in November despite Wellington having no bylaws restricting the operation of brothels out of residential properties. But any business operating from a residential property must have no more than three people working from the building at any time, and at least one of them must live there. The business breached both those conditions, council spokesman Richard MacLean said.
The apartment is part of a block of townhouses that share a parking area. One neighbour said they had been plagued by strange men accidentally knocking on the wrong door, and the sound of “sexual noises. We heard everything.”