We shop in supermarkets because we love the choice. We guzzle supersized drinks. We flock to superhero movies because we love the action, and when there’s horizontal action on the menu, apparently we’re red hot for super brothels too - unless they’re somewhere where we actually live.

Two beds are twice the fun… the new expanded Stiletto will have party rooms. Pic: Dean Marzolla.

The NSW land and Environment Court has given the green light for a really big red light in Sydney’s inner west. Plans for the expansion of the existing Stiletto brothel were originally rejected after a local Liberal councillor called it the “Westfield of brothels”.

There is no suggestion the councillor was referring to the likelihood of a two dollar knock shop appearing on the premises right beside a Mister Minit. Though when you think about it…

Anyway, so there’s going to be a really big brothel on Sydney’s Parramatta Road which won’t be as big as developers had hoped, but will be bigger than the existing one.

Some residents are concerned that the brothel is directly across the road from two institutions specialising in animal behaviour. One is the Sydney University Animal Hospital. The other is St John’s College.

Others are outraged that anyone will be performing commercial activities in the area unrelated to the spilling of frothy milk – or at least the spilling of frothy cow’s milk.

These Sydney inner west nimbys really are hypocrites, aren’t they?

They move in under the flight path, then complain about aircraft noise. They buy an apartment near Parramatta Road, which has been a busy thoroughfare since, oh, about 1794, then whinge about the traffic and all those pesky local businesses.

There’s a similar fight on nearby Victoria Rd, Rozelle, over the proposed expansion of the Balmain Leagues Club. That development has been knocked back for now, because the local blow-in nimbys don’t like (a) the sport of rugby league which has flourished in the area for a century and (b) the prospect of traffic on Australia’s busiest arterial road.

God it’s depressing. If these people would just read the fine print of the Land and Environment Court decision, they’d see that sex workers at Stiletto will be able to service just one and a half clients each, instead of the projected three.

Seriously, the place will have all the village charm you read about in the real estate brochures.

But no. All those residents just want to whinge abut all those men rooting away in one building. These, mind you, are the same people who insist on flying on the A380. What do they think happens upstairs in business class?

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    • Prick With A Fork says:

      01:14pm | 20/06/12

      I’m not sure what the point of this piece is. Jealous you can’t afford the inner west?

    • Anubis says:

      01:52pm | 20/06/12

      maybe it’s located too far away from the Punch offices for a quick visit during the lunch hour

    • CJ says:

      02:43pm | 20/06/12

      Agreed ... a woeful non-column.

    • M says:

      03:13pm | 20/06/12

      It’s pointing out the stupidity of nimbyism. I quite liked it.

    • Noms says:

      04:15pm | 20/06/12

      Stage One of Stilletos was particually uncomfortable for the construction manager as he had to tell his kids and wife he was off to the Brothel for 12 hard hours work,even more so when they had told everyone at school where their father worked.

    • PJ says:

      05:25pm | 20/06/12

      The real story is What do they think happens upstairs in business class of the A380!!?!!!?

      Just want to get the facts before I call Qantas for my refund.

    • Old Cobber says:

      02:54pm | 21/06/12

      Fair Dinkum! How innovative and enterprising—“the Ooosrayyun way ” as Our Leader would lecture.  Not only that, the Member for Dobell would get more Bang for his Buck!!  Redemption comes in many ways.

    • Fiddler says:

      01:16pm | 20/06/12

      all of this begs the question, how does a prostitute service half a client? I can picture one servicing three. In fact I just went to redtube to fact cehck this and confirmed yes it is poosible.

      But half a client? I guess I’ll have to do some more research

    • St. Michael says:

      01:24pm | 20/06/12

      Google “dwarf fetish”.  There’s your half clients.

    • damien says:

      01:36pm | 20/06/12

      every second client gets two-for-one deal. sounds like my kinda place!

    • MichaelM says:

      01:36pm | 20/06/12

      While you’re at it, research how the average family can have 2.5 children…

    • Emma says:

      01:37pm | 20/06/12

      That means you are only allowed to shoot out of one testicle.

    • Fiddler says:

      02:00pm | 20/06/12

      St Michael - once again Game of Thrones has come to the rescue, plenty of sex scenes with the half-man.

      Or two girls servicing one client at the same time. I think either works

    • Robert Smissen of country SA says:

      01:18pm | 20/06/12

      Across the road from Animal colledge? ? What is the problem do they think that the animals will become involved in a life of prostution? ?

    • Anubis says:

      01:55pm | 20/06/12

      A handy source of “girls” for any visiting kiwi clients. wink

    • Emma says:

      02:21pm | 20/06/12


      How much difference is there nowadays between Kiwi sheep and Aussie girls anyway? Both lack a nice waistline and the ability to participate anything more to a conversation than “meh”. smile

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:53pm | 20/06/12

      Emma you are on fire today!

      However, sheep are often quite slim and petite after being shorn. Lovely big eyes…

    • Anubis says:

      02:57pm | 20/06/12

      @ Emma - you’re stepping in dangerous waters there, although I completely agree with you smile

    • Fiddler says:

      03:00pm | 20/06/12

      Emma, awesome comment, to answer it, sheep aren’t as skillled at spending others money.

      both are pretty much on par fro following stupidity though

    • M says:

      03:15pm | 20/06/12

      I like that one a lot emma, well played.

    • ibast says:

      03:16pm | 20/06/12

      On a slightly more serious note, it also located across the road from Sydney University (The animal hospital is part of the uni).  With many prostitutes being girls working their way through uni, the location will indeed be part of the consideration.

    • Robert Smissen of country SA says:

      05:35pm | 20/06/12

      Emma, The sheep are giong to sue you for this put-down.LOL

    • Dan says:

      11:10am | 21/06/12

      Interesting - if such a sexist & racist comment as Emma’s was directed at a minority group and not “Aussie women” - it wouldn’t be allowed.
      That being said, I find it sad many Australian men feel that inept that they have to pay for intimacy. They can dress it up as they like, but that’s what it boils down to.
      Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the company of the gorgeous love of my life - who happens to be an ‘Aussie woman’.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:50pm | 21/06/12

      @Dan, is there anyone you have left out in your list of high and mighty put-downs? Sheesh, this is just an opinion site, it’s not a courtroom. But I am glad your life is so much better than the rest of us poor mewling saps.

    • Sergio says:

      01:35pm | 21/06/12

      I’ll be using their services, the missus needs a break to be able to learn how to walk again…

    • Graham Woodruffe Range Court Seven says:

      01:21pm | 20/06/12

      As a guy with a supper sized sex drive stuck with the mrs valerie with a non-existent sex drive I have no choice but to frequent sex den brothels, at least it makes a change for the dog LOL

    • Baloo says:

      01:48pm | 20/06/12


    • John L says:

      02:05pm | 20/06/12

      You have to love some typos don’t you? Supper sized? LOL! like soup? grilled cheese on toast sized sex drive?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:13pm | 20/06/12

      Graham, sounds like your dog has exactly the type of experience with men that Stiletto’s are after. Does she have a CV and references (rufferences?) I hear Stiletto’s are hiring…

    • PW says:

      02:33am | 21/06/12

      And she won’t have far to go if she picks up a nasty infection….

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:26pm | 20/06/12

      If Prof Peter Singer has his way, Sydney University Animal Hospital outpatients looking for a new home may be able to benefit from the new development. Providing they don’t mind ‘earning’ their rent ha ha! Special dimly lit kennels and barns, leashes available for an extra doggy biscuit.

    • Emma says:

      01:50pm | 20/06/12

      There you have your beastiality discussion we were not allowed to have when we discussed gay marriage. smile

    • Esteban says:

      01:27pm | 20/06/12

      As the retail revolution unfolds we can expect to see some sectors that face competition from online traders to decline or fade away altogether.

      Naturally this will result in retail space being vacated and one assumes that space will be taken up by businesses that are not facing competition from online traders.

      I suppose prostitution could go the way of home delivered pizzas whereby you order your pizza from a photo selection and something similar does indeed turn up at home. However I suspect this will be a small part of the market and the majority of transaction will be negotiated in the flesh so to speak.

    • Emma says:

      01:29pm | 20/06/12

      You owe me 4 dollars for my hot chocolate with extra milk froth that I tried to enjoy while reading this. You ruined it.

    • ZSRenn says:

      01:31pm | 20/06/12

      I still can’t get over the closure of the Roller Coaster at Luna Park after the newbies next door complained about the noise. I mean come on, where does this shit end?

    • Michael S says:

      02:02pm | 20/06/12

      That one was ridiculous - the fun park’s been there for decades. I guess those gloomy NIMBYs couldn’t stand the sound of people having fun, because it was such a stark reminder of how little happiness was in their bleak and miserable lives.

    • Graham Woodruffe Range Court Seven says:

      01:34pm | 20/06/12

      Oi, Robert Smissen of country SA - As George Orwell said “and why shouldn’t the animals want to join in” Woof Ruff Woof Woof Ruff

    • ZSRenn says:

      02:00pm | 20/06/12

      Wasn’t that Peter Singer?

    • ibast says:

      02:34pm | 20/06/12

      I can’t see what some noisy roller-coaster ride at a fun park has to do with a brothel.

      Oh wait. . . . .

    • EM says:

      01:47pm | 20/06/12

      A win for the anti-nimby!

    • shabangabang says:

      02:36pm | 20/06/12

      A YIMBY! Yes in my backyard.

    • Condor says:

      02:15pm | 20/06/12

      The brothel already exists so it’s not like it’s something new. They were just opposing the expansion of it which usually means the owner didn’t give the right councillor enough kick-bbacks or was aligned with the opposing opposing political party. Moreover, this is the inner west: if you want good Christian fundamentalist living then move to some place in America’s deep south where they have banned everything. Or Dunedoo; I heard once they don’t have porn there, even.

    • Fiddler says:

      04:00pm | 20/06/12

      I live near Dunedoo, there aren’t many fundamentalists out there that I know of. Lots of porn, easily accessed through these interweb thingys thoug

    • Condor says:

      05:30pm | 20/06/12

      Yeah, I’d heard that back before the days of the internet. Dunedoo is a pretty nice little town though. Good park on the main drag

    • Craig says:

      02:20pm | 20/06/12

      Hmm - the Westfields of brothels… A supermarket downstairs would be useful to grab that bottle of milk, bread, chocolates & flowers for heading home. And a pharmacy for supplies, just in case.

      A jewellers for that special gift & maybe a spiffy men’s clothes store selling power clothes for ego-boosted men.

      You wouldn’t want a bottleshop though - it would encourage the wrong kind of crowd to hang around.

      I think Westfields would be interested.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:47pm | 20/06/12

      lots of deodorant to apply before coming home to wifey. *poor taste sorry*

    • Knemon says:

      04:15pm | 20/06/12

      Scotchfinger - Whisky works better, just dab a few spots here and there, they never suspect anything, plus a few swigs helps on a cold day, I never leave home without my hip flask!

    • Michael S says:

      02:52pm | 20/06/12

      The Health Services Union could move into the building and save on travel costs.

    • Jay says:

      02:58pm | 20/06/12

      I just find the whole concept of brothels disgusting and degrading. We treat women like cattle and then discard them because a lot of morons can’t use some self control. And ofcourse the people operating these legal businesses are not involved in organised crime. Right. They use front men to run them whilst the crims make the money.We are supposedly an evolved society and yet we force one sector to workers to demean themselves. How many women are kidnapped and brought into Australia to work in these hell holes? No one cares of course.

    • Fiddler says:

      04:04pm | 20/06/12

      That’s ok, don’t go then. I don’t frequent them, but I also don’t look down on those that do. And we do not treat women like cattle, we treat them like sperm receptacles thankyou.

    • grossed out says:

      03:07pm | 20/06/12

      Watch the crime rate skyrocket in the area, well done peoples you have just given permission for the crime rate to soar and drain our court system more than it already is. and anyone who disputes this fact and says that rape would be more common if we did not have brothels is a joke, depression and drug abuse and alcohol problems iare rife amoung these sorts and quite frankly anyone who frequents these places are creeps. watch out girls you may discover that you have that STI afterall, because your husband/boyfriend is engaging in things that spread such disease even if hygeine practices are put in place. and that also applies to husband and boyfriends as well.

    • Zoe says:

      04:31pm | 20/06/12

      The type of guys who cheat on their girlfriend/wife dont need a brothel, theyd just go to the pub etc. Probably spend more buying alcohol than they would paying for a hooker and more likely to catch something from some dirty slapper he picks up at the pub. At least prostitutes have SOME hygiene checks.

    • Bael says:

      04:39pm | 20/06/12

      Actually the rate of STD infection is significantly lower amongst women working in registered brothels like the one mentioned in the article.
      There is nothing wrong with sex.
      Legalised prostitution has only ever been linked to decreased levels of crime, disease, sex slavery for the simple fact that the increased transparency and ability of sex workers to contact police without fear makes the industry better.
      Sex workers are male, female and in-between. They are human being who have right to work in safe and regulated environments just like anyone else.

    • Grossed out says:

      04:58pm | 20/06/12

      Hygeine smygeine, premiscurity breeds disease.

    • EM says:

      12:01am | 21/06/12

      You’re a perfect example of why we need to find a way to make stupidity painful…

    • Grossed out says:

      10:48am | 21/06/12

      Are you referring to me? Actually I think stupidity is describing those who fail to see the facts involved, ask any solicitor, police officer or social worker and doctor, and they will tell you that my info is correct. Stupidity? I think not.

    • Simon says:

      03:13pm | 21/06/12

      Well, at least you didn’t make any idiotic generalisations so obviously based on conservative values you’re trying to impart on everyone else.

      Oh wait, that’s exactly what you did.

    • M says:

      03:20pm | 20/06/12

      I heard of a motorcross track that had to shut down because the recent blow in residents complained about the noise on saturday and sunday morning.

      Erm, hello? You moved near a race track for god’s sake.

      Oh, and brothels will be out of business when sexbots come on the market.

    • Fiddler says:

      03:47pm | 20/06/12

      when sexbots come on the market a lot of women will find they need to learn a few things like conversation and responsibility. Otherwise blokes won’t even talk to them

    • M says:

      04:34pm | 20/06/12

      Yep. What man is going to risk half a million dollars on something that runs the risk of getting fat and taking the kids when for only a few grand he can have his life like playboy bunny look alike with an off switch.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      04:39pm | 20/06/12

      @Fiddler, do men really want conversation when they visit the big house? Only the nervous ones. If a sexbot started talking to me I would press the ‘restart’ button.

    • Fiddler says:

      04:55pm | 20/06/12

      you had me at off switch haha

    • John F says:

      01:11pm | 21/06/12

      You will find that if you ask a pro about the conversations she has with men that many of those conversations revolve around relationship issues. In my experience pro’s are some of the sweetest ladies on the planet. They know how men work and actualy respect it. There is an old saying about ex hookers make the best wives, I for one would very much believe that.

    • sir ronald bradnam says:

      03:28pm | 20/06/12

      hahahahahaha best comment of the day.

    • John says:

      03:44pm | 20/06/12

      Guys [or girls] in need:  Just move to or visit the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia.  Why waste so much money in one minute [errr, hour?] when you can live it up over here for next to nothing?  Much more bang for your buck ha ha [sorry, couldn’t help myself]

    • Emma says:

      04:07pm | 20/06/12

      Advertising for sex tourism, nice.

    • M says:

      04:41pm | 20/06/12

      It’s hardly advertising, he’s just saying that there’s better value for money in Asia. Isn’t this common with most things over there?

    • Bael says:

      04:41pm | 20/06/12

      Not sex tourism Emma,
      Cultural exchange program.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      05:31pm | 20/06/12

      @John, Thailand is the world epicentre for HIV. Have fun big fella, but remember to wear the old pig-gut contraceptive sheath.

    • Elizabeth1 says:

      07:19pm | 20/06/12

      Not only the epicenter for HIV . Antibiotic resistant STD ‘s are now in Australia thanks to sex tourists bringing them back home.

    • M says:

      07:07am | 21/06/12

      Dont you people use condoms anymore?

    • Zopo says:

      04:01pm | 20/06/12

      If only they could solve all the “For Lease” signs in the Inner West. For an area so close to the city it is really going down hill.

      I remember when Leichhardt used to be the centre of great restraunts now it is a ghost town, Balmain will be the same if they arent careful. Dont stop development in the area otherwsie the area will kill itself..

    • Tbird says:

      04:23pm | 20/06/12

      It’s the oldest profession, it’s not going away any time soon.
      Laws of supply and demand.

    • Jim says:

      04:44pm | 20/06/12

      So before hunting and farming there was prostitution.

      That makes no sense.

    • Tracker says:

      06:10pm | 20/06/12

      @JIm, why do you think man went out hunting and farming ? Nothing is for free in life and this was before marriage contracts and money were invented so the debt had to be paid somehow.

    • Sancho says:

      04:28pm | 20/06/12

      We checked out a house for sale recently that’s a few doors down from a small brothel. It reduces the risk of burglary in the area because of 24-hour operation and the red lighting is actually quite nice.

      Objections to neighbourhood brothels appear to be based on stereotypes and assumptions that are cartoonishly mistaken.

    • Tim says:

      05:29pm | 20/06/12

      If I was ever tempted to sample their wares, I’d remind myself that Craig Thompson might have been there before me. Better than a cold shower.

    • renold says:

      05:59pm | 20/06/12

      I’m lucky.

      I’m goodlooking and don’t need to frequent brothels

    • Sancho says:

      08:16pm | 20/06/12

      Among the interesting facts I’ve learned from my friends who work in or with the sex industry is that brothels are by no means the sad resort of unattractive men.

      Any prostitute who works in a metropolitan brothel will meet more sport stars, celebrities and millionaires than anyone else who doesn’t work in the top tier of the entertainment business.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      08:46pm | 20/06/12

      I thought your people just raided, raped and pillaged? Sounds like you’ve gone all metro; your forefathers would be displeased indeed. ‘Sven, put down the axe and try talking to women, it’s much nicer.’ They may even pass you over for the skull of blood sipping…

    • renold says:

      10:30pm | 20/06/12

      Quite a few ugly sportstars, media celebs and millionaires around.

      The goodlooking ones get it all for free by the groupies

      Scotchfinger, that is very racist and I object to that, we didnt just rape murder and pillage you, know. My forefathers and mothers were quite sophisticated…we also got very drunk and build dikes, windmills and clogs

    • Sancho says:

      12:09am | 21/06/12

      Is that for Renold, or are you besmirching the Anchovy tribe?  My people always establish a safe word with women before picking up the axe and skull goblet.

    • Sancho says:

      10:00am | 21/06/12

      I think you’re overestimating the availability and freedom of groupies, Renold.

      Even if a good-looking footballer could find one late on a Wednesday night, then there’s the business of sorting out what the limits of…intimacy are, where it’s appropriate to go for a while, then making excuses not to exchange phone numbers.

      Meanwhile, that same millionaire athlete can throw what for him is pocket change on the counter, get precisely what he wants from a sex worker, and walk out with no strings attached.

      Keep in mind that I’m not making guesses about this.  It’s straight from the people who work in and research the sex industry.

    • Ross says:

      10:12pm | 20/06/12

      How abut that! Sex, drugs and crime always go hand in hand. Not vice council… Not vice! Pun intended!

    • Sancho says:

      10:49pm | 20/06/12

      The real observation is that things which are regarded as illicit go hand in hand.  It wasn’t so long ago that alcohol and jazz music were treated with as much horror and suspicion as amphetamines and prostitution are today.

    • Pete says:

      08:36am | 21/06/12

      Anthony, bit of a red herring on the developement on Victoria Road…the building is freakin’ massive and wasn’t there when I moved in…as far as I remember..so the nimby argument doesn’t really hold water…and anyway calling someone a nimby seems to immediately destroy their right of reply, doncha think? Bit unfair really

    • Tahera says:

      10:49am | 21/06/12

      I like to add one thing in some “dum, drunk, racist and sexholic Aussie.
      No decency in so called educated and develop country. Degrading women and no concern for children. (School opposit the brothel), Shame on media promoting nothing but commercialization, sexualization of women and killing humanity. Media should take responsibility and must care for the community as a whole.

      Women still selling her dignity, her body for few dollers in so called modern world.

    • Root of all Evil says:

      12:21pm | 21/06/12

      Legal Prostitution = Legal degradation of human rights, standards,morality and exploitation of the vunerable.
      All for the gratification of Sexual Desire, whatever the fuck that may be ,pun intended, the human species has evolved into a perverse and complex headline in many regards and the quest for money and having lots of it is the root of all evil.

    • Soon to be Labor politician says:

      12:55pm | 21/06/12

      Do they take a HSU credit card?????

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      02:35pm | 21/06/12

      Sydney University Animal Hospital & St john’s College.
      Now if you are into beastiality maybe Stiletto’s will have done some sort of deal with the former. Yes, I know it’s illegal but….money can buy anything, can’t it.
      As for St John’s College is this some sort of Boys School with Boarders?
      Most young men are testosterone-filled sex mad maniacs & so having Stiletto’s across the road could make surethat what was once known as The English Disease but which we now know as “Homosexual Sexual Practices” would not go on between 16-18 year-old School Prefects, who will do anything & anyone to get their rocks off & their end in, and 9-15 year-old Junior Boys.
      There is another deal Stilleto’s could set up with whomsoever runs’ St John’s College.
      Everyone wins. Maybe all three could lobby the local Council or the Department of Main Roads, solely in the interests of Road Safety, to install a Pedestrian Tunnel under Paramatta Road just to make Stiletto’s more easily accessible!!


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