A former employee of Perth-based Bikini Girls Massage businesses responsible for hiring staff has been fined after admitting to misleading potential recruits.
According to Perth Now, the former worker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday on three counts of conduct liable to mislead in relation to employment at the massage chains.
The Department of Consumer Protection alleged job vacancy advertisements, which appeared in local newspapers, did not accurately reflect the true nature of working conditions at the parlours.
The DCP said the business involved bikini-clad female staff members massaging naked or mostly naked men.
Chief Magistrate Steven Heath reportedly said he was concerned about the misleading use of phrases such as “health salon” in advertisements for the chain.
The charged employee pleaded guilty to two of the charges and was fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs. The third charge was withdrawn yesterday.
The cases of the business owner Bon Levi and fellow alleged operator Colin Burton were adjourned, with the pair set to face a trial beginning on September 1.
Levi pleaded not guilty to 91 charges under the Business Names Act and the Fair Trading Act, while Burton pleaded not guilty to 14 charges under both Acts.