Sex dens hit ’burbs

Shady broth­els next to pri­mary school

Herald Sun - - NEWS - KEITH MOOR keith.moor@news.com.au

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.

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