The Coast's only legal brothel, Lush.
The Coast's only legal brothel, Lush. Brett Wortman

Clients tighten belts as brothels hit hard times

SEX isn't selling as much these days, according to a Sunshine Coast brothel manager.

Lush Marcoola is the Sunshine Coast's only legal brothel, and manager Rebecca has told the Daily that times are getting tougher for parlours across Queensland.

Rebecca said that brothels across Queensland are seeing a 40% slump in business - and although Lush is showing no signs of slowing down, dating apps and private prostitution have seen her business take a hit.

"The drop is industry-wide in Queensland," she said.

The reason for this is because of our advertising laws.

"We're only able to advertise in certain places like our website and in the newspaper.

"The private girls sector can advertise pretty anywhere they want.... the private girls who don't have to register with the government.

"Here we are paying the government fees every year and doing the right thing... but they're not cracking down on the private girls sector.

Lush Marcoola is the Coast's only legal brothel.
Lush Marcoola is the Coast's only legal brothel. Lush Marcoola

"It brings back that dirty to prostitution and that's what we are fighting against."

But the problem doesn't just lie with private prostitution - Rebecca said that dating apps like Tinder has also posed a problem for the legal sex industry.

"Tinder and these sex dating sites have absolutely affected us," the Coast brothel manager said.

"People seem to be much more open with their sexual desires now.

"The younger generation are willy-nilly with their sexuality, they can look at someone (on an app) and go 'Oh you're only a few kilometres away, lets meet up and have sex.'

"STIs are on the rise; they're never going to go away... we're trying to educate them on the positives of coming to a legal brothel instead of a private girl or Tinder."

Sex workers who operate out of brothels must have a sexual health certificate, to ensure the safety of both workers and clients and to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

"They don't have to have a sexual health certificates like our girls do.

"They advertise on Locanto, Tinder, even on Gumtree; they can put photos up of themselves half naked - we can't even do that on our website.

Despite the drop in business, Lush said that there is no way that they'll shut up shop.

"We're open for business and will stay that way," Rebecca said.