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The heart unites whatever the mind separates, pushes on beyond the arena of necessity and transmutes the struggle into love. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

February 18, 2009

Vicar fights to keep brothel in business

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Reverend David Gilmore says the brothel has caused few drug problems

A vicar could be the unlikely saviour of a group of prostitutes who face being turfed out of their brothel, according to reports.

Police claim the two flats the prostitutes use in the Soho area of London attract drug dealers and thieves, according to the Evening Standard.

But the Reverend David Gilmore from St Anne’s Anglican Church insists that since the brothel was temporarily closed two weeks ago there has been no difference in the level of drug dealing.

Mr Gilmore told Westminster magistrates: “I live five doors away from the brothel. I have seen drug dealing opposite the rectory, but I have never seen drug dealing going on outside [the brothel].

Residents, bar staff, shop owners and restaurateurs in the area have also complained about the closure.

A prostitute from the Dean Street brothel also told the court: “The closure would lead to loss of my income and the place I stay for six months a year.”

The court will decide on the closure application tomorrow.

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