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Gentlemens Club operating without a licence

By johnboy - 6 January 2012 24

In an all too predictable triumph for the ACT’s regulators the Canberra Times brings word that the burned out Gentlemens Club in Mitchell had no registration with the Office of Regulatory Services.

The Office of Regulatory Services was unable to find a registration for the Grimwade Street brothel, after it was requested by The Canberra Times. It has now advised ACT Policing that the brothel was not registered.

The ACT’s Prostitution Act says operators of a brothel or escort agency must register the business at least seven days before it begins to operate. Brothel owners who don’t register can be fined or imprisoned for up to a year, according to the Act.

”The Office of Regulatory Services has tried to contact the previous registered operator and has advised ACT Policing that there are no registered brothels at 1/36 Grimwade Street,” a spokesman for Justice and Community Safety said.

It just fills one with confidence doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Like a seagull onto a chip the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is very excited by this development:

“If this brothel has been operating unlicensed, this would be a clear breach of the ACT Prostitution Act, and I will certainly be raising this in the current Assembly inquiry into the Act.

“I have also sought a briefing on how this error has occurred from ACT Policing and ACT Regulatory Services.

“The fact this issue was only brought to the government’s attention following police investigations of a suspected arson attack seriously calls into question whether there are other unlicensed establishments in Canberra.

“I call on Simon Corbell to explain how this occurred and the steps he will take to ensure all brothels in Canberra are compliant with ACT law,” Mrs Dunne concluded.

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Gentlemens Club operating without a licence
NoImRight 12:49 pm 06 Jan 12

I-filed said :

What does Fiona Patten have to say about this? At the beginning of legalisation, she and the Eros Foundation were assuring the public that licensing brothels would mean illegal, exploitative ones would be a thing of the past. She also assured the public a few years ago that there was NO sex trafficking in the ACT. Basically, don’t trust what anyone says about the sex industry – other than former (not drugged & current) prostitutes.

I cant envisage a scenario where Ill be put in a position of needing to trust what anyone says about the sex indusrty. Drugged or otherwise.

Duffbowl 12:48 pm 06 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

So where does the People’s Front of Judea fit in?

Well, they really, really hate the Romans.

What I love is Mrs Dunne wants a guarantee that all brothels are compliant. How can you guarantee compliance of unregistered brothels? That’s like asking for a guarantee that all unregistered cars in the ACT are roadworthy…

I-filed 12:33 pm 06 Jan 12

What does Fiona Patten have to say about this? At the beginning of legalisation, she and the Eros Foundation were assuring the public that licensing brothels would mean illegal, exploitative ones would be a thing of the past. She also assured the public a few years ago that there was NO sex trafficking in the ACT. Basically, don’t trust what anyone says about the sex industry – other than former (not drugged & current) prostitutes.

Tooks 12:32 pm 06 Jan 12

Solidarity said :

The Gentlemens Club is a brothel in Mitchell, NOT Fyshwick.

The Capital Mens Club is a strip club in Fyshwick.

They’re unrelated (as far as i’m aware)

Ah, that’s the one I was thinking of. Cheers.

G-Fresh 12:31 pm 06 Jan 12

Bit of a cock up… Bunch of boobs… Put them back in their box…

Gungahlin Al 12:30 pm 06 Jan 12

“It just fills one with confidence doesn’t it?”

Indeed. Every 6 months crosscheck advertised venues against licence list. How hard can it be?

It is a recurring issue. Outside carparking and speed cameras, no other laws in the ACT appear to be adequately resourced for policing compliance. Which means businesses treat such laws with contempt. Don’t get me started on builders…

NoImRight 12:28 pm 06 Jan 12

Solidarity said :

The Gentlemens Club is a brothel in Mitchell, NOT Fyshwick.

The Capital Mens Club is a strip club in Fyshwick.

They’re unrelated (as far as i’m aware)

So where does the People’s Front of Judea fit in?

Mothy 12:27 pm 06 Jan 12

See comment #5 in previous discussions about the Gentlemen’s Club’s advertising.

Anyone want to wonder how they could blanket advertise on radio, yet not be licensed? No one ever raised an eyebrow and said “hang on, is that legal”?

Or is there a weasel word game going on here, the business might be licensed, but that specific premisis is not?

KB1971 12:15 pm 06 Jan 12

I thought it was a club for gentlemen?

Solidarity 12:03 pm 06 Jan 12

The Gentlemens Club is a brothel in Mitchell, NOT Fyshwick.

The Capital Mens Club is a strip club in Fyshwick.

They’re unrelated (as far as i’m aware)

NoImRight 11:59 am 06 Jan 12

Tooks said :

I don’t think it is a brothel.

Cant be. Doesnt have a licence.

Tooks 11:56 am 06 Jan 12

I don’t think it is a brothel.

NoImRight 11:52 am 06 Jan 12

“I call on Simon Corbell”

Bob I love that phrase. It sounds so dynamic and yet so pompous at the same time. Makes me miss John Hewson.

f4te 11:49 am 06 Jan 12

…what brothel? 😉

mr reason 11:45 am 06 Jan 12

If a brothel is operating without a license, how is it the government’s fault? Ins’t it the responsibility of the operator to obtain the license?

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