Every now and then, I get a letter in the post from the Mt Victoria Resident’s Association about Brothels in Mt Victoria.
I have a bone to pick with these people in the first place, because I am dead certain one day when I was walking up Majorie Banks street in bare feet after swimming, the lady that followed me up berating me was a card-holding member of the Association.
Last night I received a petition, complete with newspaper cut outs from the ladies advertising their services in OUR neighborhood. Claire and I wondered who would go to this extreme to keep brothels out of our area.
I have various moral qualms with prostitution, but the fact that it is or isn’t in my street doesn’t really affect me.
For some reason, it sparked my interest. After quickly calculating the economics last night:
- Prostitutes probably work 5 day weeks like the rest of us
- In each day, you’d probably hope to see about 3 clients (I think this is conservative, but am thinking that their work is somewhat more demanding that most of ours
- In a month, this gives you 20 clients per prostitute. (UPDATE: Actually this is 60. I am unsure where I got 20 from)
- How many would be repeat customers? I have no idea, but lets say once a month is average
- Now for this ‘commercial sized’ brothel, we are petitioning against, you would assume, there must be about 4-5 prostitutes working? That’s like 100 unique people a month
Would the customers be local or not? I assume that convenience is probably rated lower than discreetness with this form of client, but you never know. However, given that rents are so high in my area, you would assume any brothel in Mt Vic is fairly high class.
Lets say 100 people a month visit the brothel. Lets say they are all fairly wealthy individuals, given the area (This is an assumption). Chances are, they know a lot of people in Mt Vic (for goodness sake, you bump into everyone you know in Wellington weekly). Would you still go to the brothel?
I suspect people probably would. And I suspect the reason the rich residents get all up in arms is because they can no longer pretend there is this social underbelly they are not part of.
So I welcome Brothels to my backyard. I hope they set up shop and shutdown myths we have that allow us to close our eyes to their existence.
I also hope that as good neighbors, we watch out for the people working in them. They are not the problem, they are simply fulfilling a demand.
And because of my own, personal beliefs, I hope that the fact they are situated in among families makes people who use them think twice before entering, about what they are doing and why.