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'Hand relief' organiser says big demand for illegal rubs

A MAN who allowed an illegal "happy endings" massage business to run from his home says there is huge demand on the Coast for the service.

Stephen Glen Chapman, 49, let two women use a room at the front of his Buddina home to give clients topless and naked massages between May and December last year.

Prosecutor Tegan Smith said "hand relief" or "happy endings" were offered in the pricing schedule which went from $80 through to $180.

Stephen Glen Chapman, 49, leaves Maroochydore Court House after being fined $8000 for prostitution-related offences.
Stephen Glen Chapman, 49, leaves Maroochydore Court House after being fined $8000 for prostitution-related offences. Stuart Cumming

Ms Smith said the women would leave up to $30 in a jar for Chapman for each client they saw.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday Chapman had organised advertising for the "exotic relaxation" service through website Locanto and the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper.

Ms Smith said police raided Chapman's home on December 23 last year and found a 2015 diary with handwritten notes as well as a folder with thousands of phone numbers.

She said Chapman initially denied involvement but changed his stance after one of the masseuse women gave a statement to police.

The women had been earning a few hundred dollars a day but at one stage one of them had earned $1190 after seeing 11 clients in a day.

Ms Smith said Chapman had previously been convicted of similar offences in 2011 and was fined $3000 at that time.

Chapman, who represented himself, told Magistrate Rod Madsen there had been no activities of that sort at his home since the raid.

Mr Madsen said Chapman's prior convictions meant he would be activating a more significant penalty.

He said businesses that legally offered prostitution had to go to great expense and scrutiny to be allowed to trade.

Chapman was fined $8000 for the prostitution charges and a further $2000 for two breaches of a previous court order.

Outside of court he said the result "wasn't too bad".

"We really didn't do a lot of things wrong so... we're happy," Chapman said.

He said the market for the service on the Coast was huge.

"Basically, there is a lot of people around who need that sort of service."

He said there were "heaps" of other people offering the service.

"There is about 10 or 12 places on the Coast.

"At the end of the day, it is what it is so if they (people) want to do something like that they are just going to go somewhere else."

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