Sydney: Young Asian ``madams`` operating multimillion-dollar call-girl rings have taken over old organised crime bosses as the emerging face of Queensland`s lucrative illicit sex trade.
These new ``madams`` don`t need underworld muscle, but only a steady stream of in-demand sex workers from China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand, to run their rackets, reports the Herald Sun. One of Brisbane`s big players is accused of using as many as 40 different mobile phones to run a highly profitable ring of up to eight call-girls a night.
Another accused madam arrived in Australia as an internet bride but ended up allegedly running illegal prostitution via massage parlours that generated several million dollars in unexplained income.
She allegedly turned over up to 70,000-dollar a month while luring clients that included a nationally known businessman and a prominent barrister.
Detective Inspector Ian Robertson, of the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force, said there was little evidence now of organised crime links, sex trafficking, or violent enforcers in Queensland.
Robertson said recent years had seen the emergence of entrepreneurial young women with the connections to recruit Asian sex workers who were in constant demand and "generally aware (what they`re doing) is illegal".
He said illegal operators made "substantial" profits by dodging business overheads, tax and licence fees and running outcall services legal brothels could not. Yvette Skinner, former co-owner of Queensland`s first legal brothel Purely Blue, which shut last year, said illicit operators were "inventive" and dominated the sex trade.
She said they typically rented inner-city apartments to rotate girls through in eight-hour shifts while their "call centres" netted customers via newspaper advertisements, ostensibly for legal sole operators.