Massage Parlor Didn’t Bare All about Job Requirements

April 29, 2010 ( - A former employee of a massage business in Australia has been fined $1,500 after admitting to misleading jobseekers by failing to reveal they would be mostly naked and massage naked men.

The former employee of Bikini Girls Massage pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court to two counts of conduct liable to mislead in relation to employment, a breach of the Fair Trading Act, according to the Australian Associated Press. The Western Australia consumer protection commissioner alleged job vacancy ads in community newspapers disguised the true nature of the work, which involved female staff wearing bikinis while massaging naked or mostly naked men.

The commissioner’s lawyer described the recruitment practices as predatory and the chief magistrate expressed concern over the use of phrases like ‘health salon’ in ads really recruiting for massage parlors.

Consumer Protection has also charged the alleged operators of Bikini Girls, Bon Levi and Colin Burton, on multiple counts of misleading advertising – Levi faces 91 charges and Burton faces 14 charges, the AAP said. They are due to face trial on September 1, and both have pleaded not guilty.