Two charged after raid on brothel
AN illegal brothel operating out of a house near schools in the suburbs of Gympie has been shut down by police and two women have been charged for prostitution offences.
The women, both aged 44, were alleged to have solicited sex for money from their Campus Close residence in Glen Eden Estate situated between Gympie West State School and James Nash State High School.
It is believed their neighbours had noticed an unusual amount of traffic in the normally quiet cul-de-sac with cars coming and going in recent weeks.
A tip-off to police resulted in the two women being charged with knowingly participating in prostitution; being in a place used for prostitution; and possession of tainted property – money and phones — used in the commission of an offence.
“We received information from the public about suspicious activities going on in a residential area of Gympie,” Detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said.
“There had been a lot of comings and goings of persons in vehicles to the dwelling which caused suspicion amongst neighbours. Information we received from members of the community was able to assist Gympie CIB and the Child Protection Unit in their investigations and, with the assistance of the Prostitution Task Force, the alleged brothel has been closed down and charges laid. As far as we're aware, it was only operating for a couple of weeks.”
Police allege the pair of New Zealand nationals had moved to the area for the sole purpose of selling sex, however it was alleged they broke the law by sharing the same premises, which was not a licensed brothel.
They will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on June 7.
There are only two forms of legal sex work in Queensland: Private work (sole operators) – where a single sex worker works alone and sex work conducted in a licensed brothel.