Vast areas of Queensland, including major cities and provincial towns, such as Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, are not serviced by d brothels. Despite the changes, the report said the industry's future growth prospects were "limited at best" because of general economic conditions, casual sex "hook-up apps" and illegal prostitution. Prostitution Licensing Authority chairman Walter Tutt said the proliferation of "massage parlours" was hurting the d brothel sector.
Mr Tutt said for the foreseeable future, the growth in the d brothel sector would be constrained and the of brothels in Queensland would probably stay at the current levels. But after the PLA knocked brotehls two and one withdrew, only one will be considered in the current financial year.
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Grothels a bid to help reduce "red tape" for applicants, the PLA has introduced changes to the licence application forms. Most prostitution in Queensland occurred outside the d sector, which Mr Tutt said meant they avoided strict regulations that scrutinised management, sexual health and sex worker safety.
Credit:Lisa Maree Williams "While there is, of course, the legitimate remedial and therapeutic massage clinic, many are clearly a 'front' for illegal prostitution which must be addressed, despite the inherent difficulty in acquiring the necessary evidence to secure a conviction," he said in the PLA's latest annual report. That can either be legal - where a sole operator sex worker works from a property or makes out-calls - or illegally, such as in massage parlours or escort agencies.
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There were compliance activities held during the year and 75 corrective actions required, but Mr Tutt said es were overwhelmingly committed to upholding high standards. Mr Tutt said it defied common sense that there was no need for "such services" in many of those areas.
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The Townsville brothel, Bluebirds on Carmel, closed in December and no new brothels opened in Queensland in In its report, the PLA said it would continue to work with police over industry concerns about illegal prostitution. Illegal prostitution at massage parlours is having an impact on Queensland's legal industry. Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel The legal brothel trade in Queensland has shrunk to its smallest brothrls in 14 years, thanks to "hook-up apps" and illegal "massage parlours", a parliamentary report has found.
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That was the lowest of legal brothels in Queensland in 13 years. Loading "Girls are mad going online there," she said. Stagnant wages and the associated impact on discretionary spending, the return on investment compared with other businesses, the regulatory framework and hook-up apps were also contributing to the size of the legal brothel sector, the PLA said.
In the past five years, the legal sex industry has been copping a sustained hit as several brothels were forced to close their doors. Illegal sex workers were at greater risk of exploitation, the PLA said.
A review by the state Prostitution Licensing Authority PLA revealed only 20 d establishments were operating at the end of the financial year. At the end of June, just 20 d brothels were operating in Queensland, mostly in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
One of the latest to do so was Bluebirds on Carmel in Townsville, which left Queensland with its lowest of d brothels sinceand almost all of them are in the state's south-east. Only one new brothel applicant will be considered this financial year.
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Mr Tutt said there were no confirmed instances of the infiltration of organised crime, official corruption or human trafficking in the PLA's year history due to careful scrutiny of applicants and close monitoring. Advertisement While some brothels were highly profitable, others were of marginal financial viability.
The PLA refused two brothel todnsville applications in the past year - at Rocklea and on the Sunshine Coast - because the applicants brorhels deemed "not suitable" under the Prostitution Act.