Twenty-five people have been charged after police uncovered an illegal escort agency operating on the Gold Coast under the guise of a “legitimate business”.
Officers executed a search warrant on a residence at Coomera following a protracted investigation by the State Crime Command’s Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce.
The operation, dubbed Romeo Manoeuvre began in March this year to disrupt and dismantle networks profiting from illegal prostitution activities.
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During the search of the Coomera home, officers allegedly located several mobile phones with contact numbers used in advertising for prostitution services, two vehicles used for transportation, a computer with software for booking appointments along with a range of business documents.
Police allege the escort agency was operating behind the facade of a legitimate business, with documentation including employment contracts and worksheets uncovered during the raid.
Senior Sergeant Kevin Groenhuijzen said the investigation outcome was extremely significant as “senior figures in the business model had been apprehended.”
“This result highlights how we are continuing to target and apprehend those who operate outside of the law in Queensland,” Senior Sergeant Groenhuijzen said
“Dismantling this operation was significant and sends a clear message of our commitment to targeting these offenders.”
The alleged owner of the business, a 47-year-old man, and 25 others are due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today on a range of charges.