First the pros: brothels can rake it in.
The Scarlet Harem brothel is being sold fully furnished. Photo: Supplied.
In Australia sex work laws are determined by state legislation — for example in Victoria, brothels are governed by the Sex Work Act — but, in all states, it is challenging to establish a new brothel. Victorian brothels are not permitted to have more than 6 rooms.
Small details matter. Brothels also need a good commercial laundry — there a lot of sheets and towels to wash — as well as a booking and payment system and a website.
The entrance to The Boardroom brothel in Melbourne. Sex workers at legal brothels are not paid wages but are, essentially, independent contractors.
Clients come into the brothel, meet the workers, make a decision and then negotiate the services and fees directly with the sex worker. Also like running a hotel, brothels must hire, manage and pay hostesses, cleaners, launderers, administration staff and security. Security is very important. Is this normal for brothels?
Advertising is also tricky. Brothel owners are not permitted, by law, to advertise the services that their brothel offers, or to recruit sex workers, although they can advertise the premises. But this means it is hard to establish a new legal brothel.
Ultimately the biggest challenge for running a legal brothel is the competition by illegal brothels.
Until the fully-furnished Sunshine Coast brothel sells, Mr Tyson is looking at the positive side to all the attention. Commercial Real Estate menu Toggle.
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