He is again under investigation for sex slavery and has been questioned by federal police. In February he also bashed to death year-old Abraham Papo outside the South Melbourne Top on Tope brothel after Papo tried to help his girlfriend, a Korean prostitute and alleged sex slave. Zheng has claimed self-defence and has never been charged. A federal police witness told Melbourne Magistrates Court in August that Zheng forced her into prostitution at two licensed Melbourne brothels.
One of the brothels she named was Madam Leona's, which was then managed by Lin Gao, also known as Lisa. That address is now licensed to a different sex work provider and the licensee of Madam Leona's has moved location.
In a sworn statement, the witness described mould growing on the walls at Madam Leona's, which was also infested with mice. The first time she was there, she said: The witness said she lived in an apartment with other women, and that Zheng prevented her from leaving it. She described him as "tall and strong with a shaved head" and "looked like a very rough, angry, unfriendly kind of person.
He usually spoke to me with an angry face, which made me feel scared. She said Zheng sometimes watched her while she was in the shower and on one occasion she woke to find him groping her.
She described another woman in the brothel crying after being submitted to rough anal sex. The witness said the woman did not receive medical attention and told her that "this job is not for humans". The witness was interviewed after Madam Leona's was visited by federal police and immigration officers in September She told police that Gao had taken her to another licensed brothel, Regarding House, in Heidelberg, after she was questioned.
Yet despite the raids and despite her witness statement made in November , which became public in court in August, both Regarding House and Madam Leona's remain open for business. And in May , less than six months after Madam Leona's was visited by authorities, the government-registered manager, Lin Gao, was granted a full licence to run the Candy Club brothel in Richmond. Regarding House is also one of many sites police believe are connected with an illegal-brothel syndicate allegedly operating across the northern suburbs.
Six people have been charged over alleged bribery and illegal prostitution following raids across the northern suburbs in November last year, including a council worker who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in August and alleged brothel kingpin Xue Di ''Jenny'' Yan, who formerly owned the property that hosts Regarding House in partnership with the current licensee. The Age 's investigations have revealed that a string of licensed brothels that have repeatedly drawn attention from police have yet to face any consequences from regulators, including the lead regulator, Consumer Affairs Victoria.
In November , federal police removed two Korean women from Oriental Dolls following allegations of sexual slavery, allegations that were denied by the licensee when he was contacted by The Age. After the police raids, the brothel stayed open.
The police case did not proceed, but the women were accepted into the federal government's support program for victims of trafficking. The repeated raids - along with the 51 trafficking victims rescued in Victoria since , most of them from licensed brothels - have sparked little action from state regulators, although regulators accompany police on many operations involving brothels.
A spokeswoman for Consumer Affairs Victoria says serious criminal offences such as under-age sex work, sexual servitude, drug-related offences or immigration offences are referred to state and federal law enforcement bodies. The spokeswoman says Consumer Affairs acted on all received intelligence but would not jeopardise ongoing law enforcement investigations. Police superintendent Pauline Kostiuk, who heads a new intelligence-sharing committee between relevant agencies about illegal brothels, says law enforcement has been hampered because little information was shared between agencies.
I think they would benefit from a closer relationship and data-sharing. Detective Sergeant Murray Aldred, one of Victoria's most experienced police officers involved in investigating the sex industry, recalls watching intelligence files on brothels shredded when the vice squad was disbanded in When he took over the crime desk in , he tried to rebuild some of those files, but was working mostly by himself.
He says the state government's intelligence-sharing taskforce would improve the situation only if it was given enough resources. One brothel owner told The Age he voluntarily photocopied sex workers' passports and sent them to the Immigration Department. He believes this is uncommon but should be mandatory, as it would help authorities detect illegal immigration and investigate possible cases of sex trafficking.
The Coalition criticised the current regulatory system when it was in opposition, and after taking office re-committed to putting police back in charge of brothel regulation. Before last year's state election, the opposition released its plan for Consumer Affairs' role in regulating the sex industry: Footage showed how the brothel is operated as a professional business, complete with a receptionist and a booking system that avoids awkward run-ins between punters, reports the MailOnline.
Prostitution is not wholly illegal in the UK but many activities surrounding it are, including keeping or managing a brothel. But year-old Karl, a father-of-one, claims he operates in full knowledge of local authorities, including the police, because he runs a 'tight ship'. Speaking candidly to Derbyshire, Louise explained how she turned to prostitution after trying a string of 'normal' jobs to try and pay back thousands in student debt. Or are being coerced.
Louise, who can have eight or nine 'appointments' on a busy day, initially did 'out calls', where she visited clients at home or in other locations, but found herself worrying about her safety and keeping 'one eye on the exit'. It might not be the safest place because you don't know who else is there. Karl's brothel offers a clean, monitored environment where punters are screened on their way in. Clients can book in for 30 minute, 45 minute or hour long 'sessions'.
There are usually three women working at any one time. And that's my job. It's not sex with a boyfriend, or with a husband. I want to be financially secure and independent. The receptionist makes sure any awkward encounters are avoided between the punters. A shower and clean towels are available to both the woman and their client. The women also have access to a kitchen stocked with all the 'essentials' for such a service, including skin wipes, oils and disposable bags for used condoms. Speaking to Derbyshire, Karl explained that the customers have changed in the 15 years since he started the business.
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There is no fee to register. The BLA will also want your planning permit number, the name and address of the owner of the building and the letter of approval from the owner. Sex workers fairly commonly report receiving their SWA about a week after completing registration this is no guarantee and only based on anecdotal experience. See Section 23 of Sex Work Act for more about special provisions for small owner-operated businesses. You get your bookings from the agency, usually by phone.
When a client contacts the agency, the receptionist must describe you accurately so that expectations of you are in line with who you are. The licensee must make sure you are supplied with a one way or two way electronic device, such as a mobile phone, radio intercom or a buzzer so you can contact the licensee or approved manager at any time while you are working Sex Work Regulations You have the right to refuse a booking if you think the situation is unsafe or the client may be violent.
The agency should not force you to do the booking or fine or punish you for not doing a booking Sex Work Regulations Part 2.
A small owner-operator escort service i. If you are working with another sex worker ie offering doubles they need to register as well to comply with the law. In according to the BLA there were 1, exempt sex work service providers who operate their own escort agency, defined as an individual service provider or as an individual working with a maximum of one other person apart from themselves. Please Note Scarlet Alliance in no way endorses the individual registration of private workers - this information is provided to better enable Victorian sex workers to make an informed decision about their rights.
Scarlet Alliance continues to argue against the registration of private workers, as it is an infringement of human rights and privacy, and is in contravention of international health conventions including the Ottowa Charter. To register you need to give your real name and address, any and all names and phone numbers you will be using in any advertising, a passport size photo of yourself and a photocopy of a true form of I.
D signed by a witness. The information on the Register is not available to the public and can be removed on your request. Anyone who takes a cut of your booking money for finding clients risks penalties unless they have a licence as an escort agency.
It is also unlawful to provide sexual services to clients at your home or own premises unless you have a brothel licence see above or are approved as an exempt brothel see above section Sex Work Act Current police operations in St Kilda the main street based area target sex workers and clients. There are police in marked police cars as well as undercover police posing as both sex workers and clients.
There has been broad ongoing discussions about the decriminalisation of street based sex work for decades but no action from government. Street Based Sex Workers have been charged under Section 13 of the Sex Work Act which states that "a person must not for the purpose of sex work solicit or accost any person or loiter in a public place.
Click here to view Section 13 of the Sex Work Act The Sex Work Act under Section 12 also states that "a person must not Click here to view Section 12 of the Sex Work Act According to the Act, "A relevant police officer who suspects on reasonable grounds that a person is committing or has just committed a relevant offence within a declared area may give the person a notice banning the person, for the period specified in the notice, from the declared area.
The period specified in the banning notice must not exceed 72 hours starting from the time the notice is given to the person to whom it applies. Police cannot give a banning notice if they believe or have reasonable grounds for believing the person lives or works in the declared area. No more than one banning notice may be given to a person for a declared area in respect of the same relevant offence, but a banning notice may be given to a person who is already subject to a banning notice for the declared area if the subsequent notice is given in respect of a separate relevant offence.
Unfortunately the Labor Government in Victoria rejected the recommendations and no further action has been taken since the release of the report. There are some changes to what content sex workers can now use in our advertising- which are outlined below. Sections 5a, 5b and 5c of the 'Sex Work Regulations ' state: Our Victorian organisational member, Vixen Collective, conducted a consultation with Victorian sex workers and in conjunction with St Kilda Legal Service has received feedback from Consumer Affairs Victoria CAV that although this feedback does not constitute legal advice, Consumer Affairs Victoria have stated that they support the following: St Kilda Legal Service also has information on their website on this subject here.
To view a pdf file of the entirety of the Sex Work Regulations part of which includes advertising regulations see here. To view submissions on the Sex Work Regulations consultation including by Scarlet Alliance, our sex worker member organisation in Victoria- Vixen Collective and our associate member organisation, RhED click here. The Sex Work Act Section 17 restricts advertising about sex work.
It says that an ad must not:. Advertising cannot contain a photographic or other pictorial representation of a particular person unless that person has given written consent for that advertisement and a copy of the signed consent has been given to that person. The SWA number "must be clearly legible in a point type no smaller than the smallest point type appearing in the advertisement or 7 point type, whichever is the larger.
Inspectors from Consumer and Business Affairs have powers to enter the workplace that are the same as the police. Authorised local government officers can also do this.
Link here for a full look at all the BLA forms and links. When the creation of SICU as the lead agency in charge of enforcement was announced last year, Victoria Police Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk told Fairfax Media that enforcement against brothels ''wouldn't be given the priority if left to local CIUs [crime investigation units]. But that is exactly what has happened, with SICU taking a role in intelligence sharing but leaving enforcement against illegal premises to local authorities.
The unit, instead, has taken a more direct enforcement role against licensed brothels, where it is understood it has found several suspected instances of trafficking. So far, the squad has formally interviewed nine people about offences including employing a child as a sex worker, drug possession, dealing in proceeds of crime, employing workers in breach of visa conditions and illegal prostitution.
But most of those people - six of the nine - were from licensed premises. No charges have been laid over illegal brothels and only two charges have been laid in relation to alleged offences at legal brothels. SICU co-ordinated an investigation against the licensee of the Moorabbin brothel Club Keys Studio, Lynette Elizabeth Farrar, and her manager, who were charged with offences relating to having an under-age girl working at the brothel.
The case is still before the courts. The situation appears to have changed little since Consumer Affairs had the lead role in sex industry enforcement, despite the government's claims last year that there was increased commitment to tackling criminality in the sex industry.
SICU still does not have an estimate on how many illegal brothels are operating across the state. It's there one day and gone the next. It's the online advertising that makes it difficult to police. She said harm minimisation was the priority in a resource-strapped environment.
She said the new regime was ''going to be something that just takes time for everyone to work out.Currently brothels are limited to 6 rooms (Sex Work Act ). Apart from this circumstance you are not required to clean any bath, shower, toilet or . thong and G-string underwear can be worn but it must cover the genitalia and anus of a . 11 Oct A brothel on South Melbourne's Tope Street sex strip. police intelligence on Victoria's licensed brothel industry, sex slavery raids, suspected Someone is making a lot of money - and it is not the women selling the sex. 39 Tope Street, also known as Oriental Dolls, and stakes in a string of other brothels. 21 Apr officer Karl Evanson runs a string of brothels in London and Milton Keynes. One of Karl's prostitutes told Victoria Derbyshire about her choice to work as a vice girl He added: "We don't allow drugs, no underage girls.