By Paul Chapman in Wellington 9:00AM BST 17 Jul 2012
Dozens of traffic signs have been destroyed by prostitutes performing pole-dances in the street to attract clients, officials in New Zealand’s biggest city have revealed.
More than 40 poles have been bent, buckled or broken in the past 18 months in one area of south Auckland, New Zealand, it is claimed.
The signs, bearing legally required notices such as parking restrictions, are thought to have cost ratepayers thousands of dollars to replace.
“Prostitutes use these street sign poles as dancing poles,” said Donna Lee, an elected member of the city council’s Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.
“The poles are part of their soliciting equipment and they often snap them.
“Some of the prostitutes are big, strong people.”
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