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Friday Feb 17, 2012

Escort in dispute with landlords over property use

She rented a house in Pretoria North and then advertised her services as a sex worker. The owners of the house found out and applied for an urgent eviction order against her in the Pretoria High Court.

Jacques, Wessel, Cornelia and Ulrich du Toit, joint owners of the premises in General Beyers Street, said Nadine Stassen was guilty of breach of contract as she was not permitted to "run a business" from the premises.

In his statement before court, Jacques du Toit, said Stassen working as a sex worker from their property was against the morals of society and she was plying her trade in a respectable suburb. "Young children and the elderly move around this suburb and they have to witness this unruly way in which she is trying to induce her income," he stated.

Judge Ferdi Preller turned down the application on the basis that it was not urgent.

The lawyer of the Du Toit family, Hennie Gouws, said Stassen had moved out but the family were still going ahead with their application "just to cover all bases". They also plan to institute proceedings against her to retrieve arrears in rent.

It was not specified to the court by how much Stassen was in arrears, but the court was told that she refused to pay. The applicants also complained that they were paying insurance on the property and one of the stipulations was that the main gate to the premises at all times had to be locked. Stassen, it was said, had refused to lock this gate.

According to court papers about 10 to 20 clients visited her a day. The applicants attached Stassen's sex ads to the court papers to prove their point that she was a sex worker.

Stassen said her landlords were unfair towards her and had made false allegations. "But they did catch me out... via my cellphone number and they discovered a whole lot of naked pictures of me. I can't dispute that I am an escort. I am moving to Plettenberg Bay," she added.

Pretoria News

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