Illegal brothel in Hurstville prosecuted
14 Aug 2012
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said Hurstville City Council has claimed another scalp in its war against illegal brothels.
Mayor McMahon said it had been successful in prosecuting a business owner operating illegally in Hurstville.
“The premises in Rose Street did not have approval to operate as a brothel and I am pleased that Council was successful in its court action,” he said.
“Previously, we only issued closure orders on illegal brothels.
“This is the first time Council has prosecuted an owner and from now on we will continue to do so.
“We will not stand for this type of business operating illegally so let this be a warning to others – we will take action.”
Mayor McMahon said the case was recently heard at Sydney Downing Court Centre.
“The Court fined the business owner $17,500 for illegal operations and breaching hours of operation.
“They also ordered him to pay Council’s costs, leaving the business owner more than $21,500 out of pocket.”
Mayor McMahon said Council has a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude when it comes to closing down illegal brothels.
“This is the second brothel we have now closed down within the last 10 months,” he said.
“Take this as notice – if any other business owner intends to offend, Council will prosecute.”
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