Pair charged over illegal Qld prostitution syndicate

A man and woman have been charged after police busted an alleged illegal prostitution syndicate operating from motels in Queensland.

The 65-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested in Brisbane on November 29, following a two-year operation into illegal prostitution activities in Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

As part of the operation, detectives seized in excess of $36,000 and charged a total of 25 people with offences relating to the provision of unlawful prostitution.


The man and woman have been charged with four counts of carrying on the business of unlawful prostitution.

They are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 18.

Detective Acting Inspector Brad Phelps from the Drug and Serious Crime Group said apprehending senior members of the syndicate was a “significant outcome”.

“W remain committed to working with agency partners to target those operating outside the law,” Detective Acting Inspector Phelps said.

“Illegal operators not only put the health and safety of their workers and customers at risk, they are profiting from illegal activity and we will continue to hold them to account.”