Happy end­ings con­tinue

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND

MAS­SAGE par­lours be­lieved to be op­er­at­ing as shop fronts for il­le­gal pros­ti­tu­tion are likely still op­er­at­ing de­spite raids ear­lier this week.

On Wed­nes­day seven Gold Coast mas­sage par­lours were raided in South­port, Mer­maid Beach, Burleigh Waters and Mudgeer­aba. Three were raided in Nerang, in­clud­ing one be­lieved to be on Sta­tion St.

But po­lice say un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been fi­nalised, mas­sage par­lour op­er­a­tors caught in the crack­down will still be al­lowed to trade.

“You don’t need a li­cence for a mas­sage par­lour, you just tell coun­cil it’s a mas­sage par­lour,” De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Lance Ver­coe of the Drug and Se­ri­ous Crime Group said.

This is de­spite po­lice footage ap­pear­ing to show a client lay­ing seem­ingly naked on a ta­ble while a mas­sage ther­a­pist stands be­side him with her pants down.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, Aus­tralian Bor­der Force of­fi­cers in­volved talked to a Malaysian woman and a Tai­wanese woman, both be­lieved to be in breach of their visa con­di­tions.

“There’s a num­ber of peo­ple that we’ve iden­ti­fied in sit­u­a­tions sug­gest­ing pros­ti­tu­tion ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring,” Det Insp Ver­coe said.

“We seized doc­u­ments ... com­puter equip­ment, mo­bile phones. There was lots of sci­en­tific work done around bi­o­log­i­cal sam­ples.”

Det Insp Ver­coe said once il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties had been found to have oc­curred, coun­cil could can­cel their per­mit. They would then have to take out a dif­fer­ent per­mit for a brothel.

Cr Peter Young said he had com­plained about the Sta­tion St mas­sage par­lour in Nerang sev­eral months ago and was happy po­lice had taken ac­tion.

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