Two massage parlour operators in Western Australia are being prosecuted over recruiting masseuses without telling them they would be required to be mostly naked and service naked men.
The Consumer Protection Commissioner of the state has slapped as many as 91 charges against Bon Levi and Colin Burton, the operators of Bikini Girls Massage, Perth and their agent Leigh Currie.
The agency said multiple ads were placed in the employment sections of community newspapers which were liable to mislead potential applicants as to the true nature, terms and conditions of the employment.
"The commissioner alleges that certain advertisements for employees for a `health salon' were liable to mislead vulnerable female members of the community in that the advertisements omitted any reference to the fact that those responding were required to massage naked, or mostly naked men and that they were also themselves required to be mostly naked, contrary to the Fair Trading Act," Consumer Protection said in a statement on Sunday.
Bikini Girls Massage - which offers one massage concentrating on the "groin and buttocks area very closely", according to its website - is not registered as a business or company in this state as required by law.
The ads failed to mention the candidates were effectively to be sub-contractors rather than employees and rent facilities from the operators, the agency alleges.
Levi faces 91 charges - 59 counts under the Business Names Act and 32 counts of breaching the Fair Trading Act.
Burton is charged with 12 counts of breaching the Fair Trading Act and two counts of breaching the Business Names Act.
Currie is charged with three breaches of the Fair Trading Act.
Consumer protection asked the Supreme Court to restrain Levi and Burton from operating a business and to remove signage, websites and advertising from Applecross, Perth and Innaloo.
A date has yet to be set for the Supreme Court action and the matter has been listed for mention in the Perth Magistrates Court on February, 19.