Three charged over illegal prostitution after raid on massage parlour

A MAN and two women have been charged in relation to unlawful prostitution following a raid on a massage parlour on the Sunshine Coast.

Detectives from the State Crime Command Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce executed a search warrant at the business on Sugar Road in Maroochydore on Tuesday afternoon as part of Operation Quebec Dame.

“It will be alleged the premises was operating falsely under the guise of a massage parlour and that police identified a number of women as having recently worked there unlawfully,” Queensland Police said in a statement.


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As a result, a 52-year-old man and two women, aged 23 and 29, were arrested.

The man was charged with two counts of knowingly participate in the provision of prostitution and one count each of knowingly carrying on the business of providing unlawful prostitution and having an interest in premises uses for the purposes of prostitution.

The two women were charged with engaging in prostitution through unlawful prostitution business.

The trio are due to appear in court next month.

In Queensland, prostitution is lawful by a sole operator working alone from a premises or at a licensed brothel.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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