The Candy Club, in Richmond.
Owners were not allowed to employ fellow prostitutes.
The licensed manager of the brothel at the time, a Chinese woman named Lin Gao, was granted the full licence to the Candy Club in Richmond in May 2010.
Unlike brothels, owner-operated sex businesses making applications do not need to pass background or medical checks.Figures obtained from strippers who escort the Victorian Government show 2530 people were registered to offer owner-operated sex services, often doing business out of private homes and small shops.According to government figures, there were 98 legal brothels in Victoria.She was charged in November 2010 with offences relating to sexual servitude following federal police raids on premises in South Melbourne, Richmond, Heidelberg West and Balwyn.One woman, in a police statement obtained.The Business Licensing Authority - the State Government body responsible for registering the owner-operated sex services - refused.She spoke no English and knew no one in Australia, she said.Our new podcast series from the team behind Phoebe's Fall.A government spokeswoman said that while 2530 people were registered to operate small sex shops, there was nothing to indicate that all were still in business."They might be drug dealers.An AFP spokeswoman declined to comment, saying prosecutors had made the decision.She said in the statement that Zhang, whom she called "Melbourne Linda told her she had to be a sex worker up to 15 hours a day, seven days a week.Mao Ru Zhang, 31, was due to go on trial today in the Melbourne County Court but the charges have been withdrawn after prosecutors decided there were insufficient prospects of securing a conviction.They could be involved in abuse of the migration program, including the trafficking of women Mr Albon said.But two indictable charges of sexual servitude were discontinued and two summary debt bondage charges were withdrawn on March.Industry insiders fear they are dodging licensing requirements by registering as sole traders rather than full-scale brothels, which are monitored more closely.SEX parlours are opening throughout Melbourne in huge numbers - more than 2500 are now registered to operate freely across suburban locations.
There are quite possibly many persons connected with organised crime he said.

Australian Adult Entertainment Industry president William Albon said small-scale brothels could be operated by criminal groups and pose health risks to guests.
She has denied any involvement in wrongdoing.


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