Two Melbourne brothels have been shut down by police for allegedly operating illegally – with two people arrested and five women fined for breaking coronavirus restrictions.
Victoria Police searched the properties in the southeastern suburbs of Ormond and Clayton on September 4.
‘The warrants were executed as part of an investigation into contraventions of the Sex Work Act,’ Victoria Police said in a statement.
Victoria Police searched the Ormond and Clayton, both in Melbourne’s south-east, at 10.45am on September 4. Pictured: Arrests at one of the properties
A 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested during the raids.
They had since been released from custody but were expected to be charged by summons with operating unlicensed brothels from residential properties.
Three women were also found at the Ormond property, while another two were at the Clayton home.
Two of the women were found hiding in closets.
Each of the women were fined $1,652 for being in breach of Chief Health Officer’s coronavirus restrictions.
A 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested during the raids, and the pair are expected to be charged with operating illegal brothels at residential homes
Mobile phones and computers were also seized from the two addresses.
Police have been targeting the operation of illegal brothels at residential homes since August 28.
There have been 14 fines issued in that time.
The operation of brothels is legal in Victoria but they must be licensed and are also subject to employment law and health and safety regulations.