A Doncaster man has been convicted and ordered to pay more than $14,000 for operating an illegal brothel in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
Chong Li Xu, 42, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court to five charges under the Prostitution Control Act 1994, Fair Trading Act 1999 and Planning and Environment Act.
Mr Xu was found to be running a brothel under the guise of a massage parlour, Yang’s Massage Clinic, on Burwood Highway in Vermont South.
The court fined Mr Xu $10,000, payable to the Prostitution Control Fund, plus $4500 in legal costs.
Mr Xu was warned by City of Whitehorse officers in March 2009 that his business, Yang’s Massage Clinic, could not be used as a brothel, but on four later occasions two private investigators were offered sexual services by workers there.
Mr Xu advertised for young female masseuses with ‘simple’ English and no experience required, to be paid a $500 daily wage.
Mr Xu pleaded guilty to charges of carrying on a business as a prostitution service provider without a licence; inducing someone to work in a brothel industry by publishing an advertisement; using the word ‘massage’ in an ad for prostitution services; not having a planning permit; and not issuing a receipt for services over $50.