Police successful in application for declaration of prohibited brothel at Gold Coast

As part of continuing investigations by members of State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group, police have been successful in declaring a Gold Coast massage business as a “prohibited brothel”.

In May 2019, police commenced Operation Romeo Bailie to target several massage parlours on the Gold Coast who were allegedly providing illegal sexual services.

On September 6, police with assistance from the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force executed search warrants at several businesses. Criminal proceedings for prostitution offences were subsequently commenced against five employees of three Gold Coast massage businesses.

An application was made to Southport Magistrates Court and as a result a temporary declaration was issued under Part 5 of the Prostitution Act 1999, which was posted on the business premises yesterday declaring the business “Body Back and Feet Massage” at Ashmore as a “Prohibited Brothel”.

The Queensland Police Service remains committed to enforcing the Prostitution Act and encourages anyone with information that may assist them to target businesses providing illegal sexual services to report the matters.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

/Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.