Kristian Silva reported on 13 October 2017 in the ABC News that QLD Police swooped on Gold Coast massage parlours suspected of offering sex.
Police have raided seven massage parlours on the Gold Coast that were allegedly operating as fronts for illegal prostitution.
Investigators are looking through items seized at the sites, and could lay criminal charges in the coming weeks.
Dozens of women working at the parlours were also questioned by Australian Border Force (ABF) officials checking for visa breaches.
At a Nerang shopping strip where police raided two massage parlours, neighbouring traders said they had made repeated complaints about the businesses.
“Customers are here all hours. They’re here before they open. It’s unbelievable,” one trader said.
The raids come amid calls from the legal brothel industry for more to be done to clamp down on rogue operators, who do not need to pay for government brothel licences and offer cheap sex to customers.
In its 2016-17 annual report, Queensland’s Prostitution Licensing Authority said legal brothels were making more complaints about the scale of illegal prostitution, which was costing them business.
“Illegal operations are by their nature unregulated and unscrutinised and there is a heightened risk of the danger of exploitation of workers, violence, and pressure to have unsafe sex,” the report said.
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