A brothel in Sydney’s west has been shut down after police allegedly found customers and employees inside, not wearing face masks.
A total of $12,500 in fines were issued after police were called to the Royal Asian Brothel on Euston Road in Rydalmere last night.
A member of the public tipped off Crime Stoppers, claiming the business was open.
Only essential businesses are permitted to welcome customers amid the state’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Brothels are not considered essential under the public health orders.
When officers discovered three female workers, aged 31, 36, and 56, and two male patrons, aged 56 and 57, inside the brothel, they denied it was open.
One of the men claimed he visited the brothel to issue a quote for a paint job, while the other said he was visiting his girlfriend.
“Police soon confirmed the business had been operating,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.
The owner, a 57-year-old woman, was also fined $5,000 for failing to comply with a noticed direction for a corporation.
Each member of the group was fined for not wearing a mask and for breaching curfew in a local government area of concern, apart from the 36-year-old woman.
Investigators say she was living at the brothel.
After being told to go home, police say a 31-year-old woman tried to return to the brothel and was arrested.
The Strathfield woman was taken Granville Police Station, where she was charged with failing to comply with curfew in an area of concern, and for not wearing a mask in an indoor area of a common property.
She was granted conditional bail and is due to face Parramatta Local Court on October 5.