First legalised brothel to open tonight
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AFTER years of speculation and planning, Gladstone's first legalised brothel will open its doors tonight.
Whispers In Paradise, on Callemondah Drive, will take in its first customer tonight, after gaining the final approval from the Prostitution Licensing Authority yesterday.
Owner Rhonda Dawson said while the business would no doubt be controversial in some circles, she was looking to provide a safe, regulated place for those looking to use the services.
'People are entitled to their opinion and I know there will be some unhappy,' she said.
'But it (the brothel) is a place that is well controlled and the only people who will know it's there are those who want to use it.'
'It's very discreet, people can go in there and not be seen by anyone.'
Ms Dawson said the majority of people she had spoken to in Gladstone had been supportive of the venture, with very little negative feedback.
TO get an idea of what local residents thought of a legal brothel in our city, The Observer took to the streets yesterday to get a few opinions.
In general people supported the concept, saying that they would rather it happen in a safe, regulated and legal place than illegally.
The brothel will contain five rooms for prostitution, with the girls originating from the Gold Coast, Sydney and Northern Queensland.
Ms Dawson said she believed many of the girls would normally have been working privately in Gladstone anyway.
'The brothel just provides a safe place for the girls and the customers,' Ms Dawson said.
Ms Dawson has been working on the brothel for the past two and a half years, all the time 'flying under the radar and staying quiet'.
Yesterday, according to Ms Dawson, the phone was running hot at the new venue with inquiries and bookings.