Ballina brothel operator Suzanne Thwaites.
Ballina brothel operator Suzanne Thwaites.

Brothels targeted by phone cut

LEGAL brothels across the North Coast appear to have been targeted by a vigilante after phone lines were cut in late-night raids last week.

Telstra yesterday confirmed that phone and fax lines servicing council-approved Ballina Exclusive Company and Lismore’s 20 Cook Street were cut last Friday night.

“It’s obviously a vigilante,” said Ballina madam Suzanne Thwaites.

“They thought they could take out all three brothels in Ballina, Lismore and Alstonville in one go, but they have also hurt other nearby businesses.

“They somehow managed to lift the concrete slabs and cut the cables and just throw the cables out on the street. This is not a turf war. All legal brothels around here were targeted.”

Ms Thwaites said the brothels were able to divert calls to mobiles, but other businesses in the streets would have lost custom.

Nearby business Ray Lynch Plumbing said its phone line and fax lines were out until Tuesday morning.

The owner of Alstonville’s All Temptations brothel said staff reported phone problems over the weekend, but she had not discussed it with Telstra.

Telstra general manager for the North Coast Michael Sharp said the attacks had been reported to police for investigation. Tampering with the lines was a federal offence and carried strong penalties, he said.

 



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