Sex dens hit ’burbs
Shady brothels next to primary school
CHILDREN using the pedestrian crossing outside a suburban Melbourne primary school end up at the front door of an illegal brothel.
If they then turn to their right, they pass a second illegal brothel 60m further up the shopping strip. And there are seven more dodgy sex dens within a kilometre of a suburban 24-hour police station.
The Herald Sun has spoken to a man who claims to have sampled sexual services at the two illegal brothels opposite the primary school.
He has provided a statutory declaration which details what he claims took place inside, including that on his four visits to one: “I have been provided with sexual services by three different women, thereby dispelling any rogue masseur notion.”
The two sex dens opposite the primary school are among the more than 250 alleged illegal brothels reported to Victoria Police by the legal brothel industry in the past five years, including the reporting of 21 in the City of Knox.
The Australian Adult Entertainment Industry — which represents legal brothels — yesterday claimed only a few of the illegal brothels of which police have been made aware have been shut down.
It has also alerted Brighton MP Louise Asher to the presence of several illegal brothels in her electorate.
That prompted Ms Asher to ask Police Minister Lisa Neville to investigate the alleged bayside sex dens.
Ms Neville responded by vowing to give police whatever they need to fight the problem.
“We have always said we will give Victoria Police the powers and resources needed to keep Victoria safe. This area is no exception,” she told the Herald Sun.
AAEI spokesman William Albon yesterday claimed police and local councils had all but given up on probing illegal brothels.
“Councils have proscribed a few. While proscribing a business as an illegal brothel closes the brothel, it doesn’t lead to prosecution of the operator,” he said. “It simply targets the owner of the land — who is never the operator.
“What is needed is for some good old-fashioned policing, resulting in a couple of operators of illegal brothels going to prison and having their assets seized.”
Victoria Police defended its past policing of illegal brothels, but revealed it was now examining new ways to tackle them.
“As with any criminal activity, there is constant consideration about how Victoria Police can best serve the needs of the community and the stakeholders it engages with,” a spokeswoman said.