Do you have any idea what's going on in the house next door? If you're an upstanding citizen with high moral values in the Sunset, there's a good chance that you're not going to want to know. Recently, the city has seen a growing trend of neighborhood rentals transforming into "houses of ill repute" (that's whorehouse for the layman). Neighbors are pissed, and as for the cops, they can't really do anything save for standing outside and guilt tripping the johns by asking about their wives. Really— that's the going strategy. Keeping a brothel is only a misdemeanor — a low-priority crime in our increasingly murder-ridden city. After banding together to form a neighborhood watch, vigilantes began launching complaints en masse. The ersatz red-light district was put on notice, as police began handing out citations (a few still fly largely under the radar though, largely overlooked). For now, both sides await the November vote on Proposition K, a ballot measure to decriminalize prostitution.
· Neighborhood brothels in S.F. hard to stop [SF Gate]