No place for ‘pimps’

2015-05-06 09:30
A resident in Kenilworth is calling on authorities to deter “prostitutes and pimps” from conducting illegal activities in the area and on Main Road. 

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A resident in Kenilworth is calling on authorities to deter “prostitutes and pimps” from conducting illegal activities in the area and on Main Road. PHOTO for illustration: monique duval

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A resident in Kenilworth believes that the presence of “prostitutes and pimps” will reduce the value of properties in the community.

The resident spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity for the fear of being victimised.

The man says he has seen the “prostitutes and pimps” conducting their services for almost two years – as long as he has been living the area.

“More and more prostitutes are appearing. And they go right up the Main Road, but there is one particular spot (in front of a local petrol station) they will stand on. They walk up and down Main Road and get picked in another road off Main Road where they and their customers won’t be seen,” he says.

He further says that “they” make a lot of noise at night.

“Between 00:00 and 04:00, so that’s annoying. This section of Kenilworth is becoming a hive for needy people, with easy targets on vehicles and robberies.

“They are making this place bad, standing on corners. It directly affects investors in property and people renting or wanting to raise families in this upper class area,” he says.

He says although the pimps are just hanging around, and are not aggressive, “what’s stopping them from giving information away about people not being at home or how long a car stands unattended?”

“No loitering should be allowed. I don’t want to be confronted by a beggar or a dodgy character, in the middle of the night or when I take a walk to the garage on a summer’s night with my kids or wife,” he says.

He also believes these activities will ­decrease the value of properties in the area.

“People will move out and the community will become of a lower stature and eventually the scum will move in and this will become like Wynberg Main Road, Voortrekker Road in Kensington and Brooklyn Main Road in Milnerton,” he says.

He adds that the community needs to take a stand.

“The rent is high here and yet the elements are coming into this area and making us too scared to leave our houses,” he adds.

A business owner in Kenilworth shares the resident’s sentiment and says his business is affected by the illegal activity daily.

“They treat my staff badly. Somehow it must be stopped. We must do something about it, together with the police and those who can assist,” he says.

Colonel Enolium Joseph, station commander of the Claremont police, says he is aware of the prostitutes in the area, as well as “pimps”.

“We do get complaints from residents with regard to this illegal activity and urge them to report this behaviour,” he says.

Joseph says police officers are constantly monitoring this illegal activity and try to deter this “service” from being rendered, by having regular patrols in the known hotspots

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