The size of a brothel matters in the Australian sex business. Image: renaissancechambara/Flckr/CC BY

The Sydney, Australia, city council has shot down a proposal for a mega-brothel, which would have catered to a discrete clientele on an unprecedented scale. The council cited unfair competition and disruption to community for its decision. The council members made it clear that they did not object to the business itself, only to its size.

Super-sized brothel

The proposed $12 million Stiletto Brothel is the brainchild of millionaire Eddie Hayson and his Artazan Property Group. The facility was to have been an expansion of an existing brothel, doubling the number of rooms and adding a wing for group activity. The expansion would have made it the largest brothel in all of Australia.

Unanimously rejected

The application for Stiletto was rejected unanimously by the 10-member council on Tuesday. According to the news agency AFP, the council likened its impact on the community to “a super-sized shopping mall that would threaten competition.”

Councilman Shayne Mallard called the proposal the “Westerfield of brothels,” referring to the Australia’s largest chain of department stores.

Increased ‘anti-social behavior’

The impact the expansion would have on residents of the community was also considered in the decision. The increase in “anti social behavior” in the neighborhood of the existing brothel could only increase if its size was doubled, posited council member Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“The intensification of use by way of additional floor area and rooms will have an adverse impact on the character and the amenity of the neighboring residential area,” she said. “I’m concerned about the impact that a brothel of this size will have on nearby residents.”

‘We’re not prudes’

The council was quick to say that the rejection was not out of any desire to legislate morality. “We’re not prudes; we’re not opposed to brothels, but we have a policy of anti-clustering, spreading them out,” Mallard said. He then reminded the group that other Australian cities, like Brisbane and Melbourne, also have restrictions on the size of brothels.




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