Sex in city wreaks havoc

2009-07-09 00:00

PROSTITUTES are wreaking havoc in Burger Street, creating a health hazard and making it difficult for businesses to operate.

The medical fraternity in Burger Street, which includes Burger Street Pharmacy and a number of doctor’s consulting rooms, say the conduct of the sex workers has become a health crisis that is threatening their businesses.

One of the affected businessmen, who wished to remain anonymous, said sex workers use his premises as a base for their activities. Subsequently, they leave their used condoms lying in and around the area, and defecate and urinate in the par­king lot and in the street.

Furthermore, he said, because of the winter cold, the sex workers try to keep warm by lighting fires at the base­s of trees using bags of rubbish, which has damaged the trees.

The businessman said every mor­ning when they come to work, they have to clean up the unhygienic filth that has become a concern for their customers.

“These are premises of medical practitioners. Clearly … our clients … are not going to appreciate the lack of hygiene.”

He said the problem has been going on for a long time and is getting worse. “This past Tuesday particularly was one of the worst days. When we got here the place was truly filthy, and we had to remove all the filth that they had left behind.”

He said he has reported the matter to the police on a number of occasions, but “the police do not consider it a priority”.

The problem was also confirmed by the security guard in the area.

“The number of prostitutes has grown exponentially. And they just park in front of the pharmacy and conduct their business there.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo said the municipality is aware of the problem.

“The municipality’s public safety [unit] and the SAPS have embarked on an ongoing programme to assist these people to find other means of income and relocation.”

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the situation is a very difficult one.

“To arrest the prostitutes you need to entrap them. However, the police are currently holding meetings with various stakeholders …”

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