Asia-Pacific summit pumps up brothel business

SYDNEY, Sept 9, 2007 (AFP) – Sydney brothels have had to import prostitutes from other states to get over a demand hump caused by security agents and delegates attending an Asia-Pacific summit, an industry spokesman said Sunday. APEC groups Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

By its climax, a summit of leaders from 21 countries had triggered a 300 percent spike in the brothel business, prompting madams to send out for reinforcements to cope with the legion of clients.

“Business has been booming; it’s been going great-guns,” said Chris Seage of the Adult Business Association (ABA), which represents the world’s oldest trade in New South Wales state where brothels are legal provided they are licensed.

“I have heard that a few of the brothels have recruited interstate, while many others are calling in girls who don’t normally work at the weekend to cope with the extra demand,” he told AFP.

Houses of ill repute in areas of Sydney close to the hotels and venues of the summit have seen a 300 percent increase in business, thanks to a rush of c