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The Melbourne Suburbs Where Illegal Brothels Are Taking Over

The Knox area of Melbourne now has one of the highest concentrations of illegal brothels and it’s because dodgy operators are steering clear of police in the city, an adult entertainment industry group says.

The Australian Adult Entertainment Industry — which represents legal brothels — said it had identified 14 allegedly illegal brothels that were operating in the area.

Industry spokesman William Albon said unlawful operators were setting up in Knox to seek “sanctuary” from law enforcement agencies who were more focused on the CBD and inner-city suburbs.

He continued to say there was an ‘emerging trend’ in the past few years of more illegal brothels settings up in massage parlours and private residences.

“Knox is right up there at the top of the list of municipalities harbouring the largest number of illegal brothels,” he said.

Mr Albon said the 14 businesses allegedly offering illegal sexual services were in Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Wantirna South and Knoxfield.

Mr Albon said Knox had two licensed brothels — Flame Angels in Bayswater and Rowville Choice, Rowville.

Knox Council city development director Angelo Kourambas said“It should be noted that there are a number of legitimate massage businesses operating that do not offer sexual services”.

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