‘No prostitutes here please’

2011-05-30 00:00

THE owner of a bed-and-breakfast in Retief Street that neighbours complain is being used by prostitutes said she will move swiftly to bar them, and if that fails to stop the problem she will close down the B&B.

The owner, who declined to be named, told The Witness yesterday that while she cannot take responsibility for the prostitution that had been taking place in the area long before she moved there, she will take precautions to stop it affecting her business.

She said she has placed warning signs around her business in English and Zulu, warning the prostitutes operating there that they are not welcome in her B&B.

She said she will consider all the women loitering around the Prince Alfred area as prostitutes and bar them from her B&B.

She will also warn the clients that they should not pick up women on the street as they are not welcome.

“I cannot go around asking all the women coming to my business if they are prostitutes because I will lose all my customers.”

However, she said, she wants good relations with her neighbours.

“The problem of prostitution has been here for a long time, and now it is my problem.”

In a letter she wrote to neighbours, she said she would welcome any help in dealing with the problem.

“It is not fair to say I am responsible for the ladies on the street that have been here for years, while I have just opened my business,” she said. “If the community feel that they are not happy [with the measures] I will close up the B&B. I am not here to offend anyone or make their lives miserable.”

She also took exception to her business being labelled a brothel.

“The name implies that we have girls in waiting, which is not true. Any community member wanting to verify this is more than welcome to come by unannounced.”

She said her business is a respectable establishment that caters to families, couples and businesspeople and does not in any way encourage prostitution.

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