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Sex slave brothel seeks review

An Artarmon brothel at 6 Cleg St, exposed a year ago in a Four Corner’s program as part of a sex trafficking scandal, is seeking review under the new WLEP 2012 of council’s DA refusal to continue as a brothel.

The brothel was mentioned on Four Corners and subsequently in the press as one of many legal brothels allegedly operating unchecked in Sydney and Melbourne that used Asian sex slaves supplied by a criminal Taiwanse human trafficking syndicate.

Records show council solicitors gave approval in 2003, after an appeal in the Land and Environment Court, for the former industrial site to operate as a brothel under WLEP 1995’s 4(a) General Industrial zoning, and again in 2004 for modifications for disabled access.

The brothel has continued to operate since, including after Four Corners revelations it was run by a couple associated with the sex slave trafficking syndicate and used Asian sex slaves, who had their passports taken, were locked in their rooms, never allowed to go out and forced to service 10 clients a shift, seven days a week.

On September 14, Smyth Planning on behalf of owners Shao & Lee Pty Ltd sought DA (DA-2012/338) approval to “regularise the site’s existing use as a brothel”.

On October 5, council refused the DA on the grounds s79C(1)(a)(i) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act prohibited use of the site as a brothel under WLEP 1995’s 4(c) Industrial Park zoning.

The owners have sought a review of that refusal “as soon as the draft WLEP is gazetted” under IN2 zoning which permits brothel use
Cleg St is one of six legal brothels operating in Artarmon. According to The Daily Telegraph, WCC spent $5,500 on private investigators in 2011 to look into 23 suspected illegal brothels in the Willoughby area, resulting in the closure of 16 and action in Land and Envronment Court against one illegal brothel, the Oriana Bath House, costing council $10,000 to close down.

WCC and many other local councils have sought a NSW Government review of the current brothel legislation.

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

Courtesy of Gazette February 2013
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