POLICE suspect an illegal brothel has been operating in a residential street close to Bendigo’s CBD.
Police raided a house in Galvin Street yesterday and took a woman back to the station for questioning.
Detective Senior Constable Glen Fisher said police believed the woman was a sex worker.
“We believe she’s a sex worker involved in an illegal brothel at that address,” he said. “We’re waiting for a Chinese interpreter to come so we can interview her.”
Detective Senior Constable Fisher said police had been investigating the Galvin Street address since last month.
The weatherboard cottage is believed to be a rental property and the owners have been assisting police with their inquiries.
About five police officers entered the house about 1.30pm, leaving two unmarked cars and one marked car in Galvin Street.
Camera flashes could be seen through the windows as police gathered evidence in the house.
Police led a woman out of the house and into a police car about 2.20pm.
The woman was dressed in a white puffer-style jacket and red leggings.
She wore her hair in a ponytail but covered her face with a piece of paper.
A few neighbours stood in their driveways and were eager for information about why the police were at the address.
They did not suspect any illegal activity had been going on in their street.
“It’s fairly quiet here,” one woman said.
“I’ve never actually seen anyone at that house.
“I think they keep to themselves – I used to walk past every single day.”
Another woman was concerned about the well-being of the woman who was taken away for questioning.
“She’s Chinese,” the woman said.
“She’d be in her early 20s and lives by herself.
“She’s very friendly – a lovely young lady.”