Under siege by prostitutes

2010-10-14 00:00

USED condoms strewn in the streets, couples copulating in public and “bare bums” exposed. These are some of the sights that residents are complaining about in relation to prostitution in the city centre.

Following the reported statement by Democratic Alliance councillor Peter Green that he slapped a prostitute after she had grabbed his crotch, residents in the CBD yesterday called The Witness to complain that they are under siege by brazen prostitutes who made their lives “hell” at home.

A Burger Street resident, who asked not to be named, said she cannot have visitors after 6.30 pm because the prostitutes outside her home accost male visitors, plying their trade, and even pull them out of their cars.

She said Green had not been lying when he said that he was grabbed by a sex worker — this, she declared, is standard practice.

“When they see a man, they take off their underwear and show their bums. The police do nothing, because they pick up the same women themselves.

“Councillor Green risked his life coming there to help the residents. I applaud him.”

She said residents are too scared to solicit the help of authorities because they are targeted if the police report to their homes.

She said that each morning after 5 am, her brother cleans up outside their home, getting rid of used condoms, dirty and often bloodied toilet paper and human faeces.

She said she has lived in Burger Street for 13 years and the last five have been unbearable.

Adding her voice to those who support Green was Maureen Rosettenstein, matron at Emma Barton Home for the aged, who said the whole of Burger street is “disgusting”.

She said Green has been fighting a losing battle to clean up the area and that other homes for the aged in the area are also affected. The prostitutes light fires which belch acrid smoke into the rooms of residents, some of whom have breathing difficulties.

A Pinetown woman who asked not to be named told how her businessman husband was harassed by prostitutes in the street outside the B&B he stayed at in the CBD.

She said the women offered him sex and drugs like dagga, Mandrax and buttons. “He was angry and told them he was married. They offered him sex for R300 and R150, but he declined.”

She said people who have children may not be aware what their children will be exposed to if they stay at certain places in the city centre, and that her husband’s sleep was disturbed by voices haggling over “how much would be paid for how long”.

Her husband spoke to a cleaner who said the management were aware that prostitutes use the accommodation to have sex with clients.

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