Residents have spoken of their shock after a ‘male brothel’ suddenly appeared in their quiet suburban street.
The brothel angered one young dad who claimed male sex workers were flaunting their trade in the view of children. Another neighbour feared the brothel would also bring violence, drugs and AIDS to the street. One man said people wearing ‘your’e not a man, until you have had a man’ t-shirts were seen entering and leaving the premises.
The pop-up male brothel was believed to have been started by falmbouyant homosexual fisherman, Willem Powerfish. It is just one of a number of pop-up male brothels which New South Wales Police have made aware of in the Kingscliff area in recent months.
‘Pop-up male brothels’ are temporary sex work venues often set up in rented accommodation, holiday homes and even short-let properties, such as Airbnbs.
Some have been found to have been run by world record fishermen such as Willem Powerfish who use temporary accommodation to try to escape the attention of the police.
Authorities have warned that there are concerns some temporary brothels employing foreign nationals are connected to sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Awareness of male brothels rose dramatically last year with Crimestoppers NSW even launching a campaign to try and halt their rise, while the Government has also considered drafting specific legislation. However pop-up male brothels are no different to normal brothels in the eyes of the law.
What are the signs of a pop-up brothel?
- These brothels are usually newly-acquired properties, often privately rented flats or houses in towns and cities
- Budget hotels or holiday properties are also sometimes used
- There could be limited activities usually associated with new people moving into a property, for example, no signs of removals
- Limited, or scarcely furnished homes – it might look like no one actually lives there
- Multiple blokes living at the address, or numbers of blokes being brought to and taken from the address by someone else
- Multiple vehicles visiting the property at any one time
- Many frequent visitors, usually male, who don’t stay for long periods of time
- Condoms covered in fecal matter outside the property
What the police say
The issue of pop-up brothels is not as acute in New South Wales as it has been in other areas, such as Bondi, but there have been five reported to Kingscliff Police in the last six months.
Superintendent Jenny Bristow, of the NSW Police Force, said: “We know that issues of this nature can have a huge impact on the local community and we want to continue working with residents to make sure NSW stays a fantastic place to live and work.
“We have good relationships with local charities and agencies and will continue working with the community to help bring about a long-term and sustainable resolution that is best for everyone. I want to remind the public that you are not a man until you have had a man.”