A Delacombe residential house has been declared a proscribed brothel.
The house at 309 Greenhalghs Road, which is about 600 metres from a primary school, will be subject to a court order for 18 months banning anyone from entering or being found in the building without lawful purpose.
Essentially, to proscribe means to forbid or prohibit, with police making the application after investigating complaints from neighbours.
Appearing before the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Thursday, defendant Yu Lan Lu's lawyer made no application to oppose the ruling.
The prosecution noted the proscription could be in place indefinitely, but it could be rescinded by the defendant if the premises were put up for sale by applying to the court.
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Magistrate Ron Saines granted the application, stating there was "overwhelming evidence" regarding the premises' use as a brothel, and opposition from neighbours would mean police would be informed quickly if the business were to resume.
A sign will be placed on the building for the length of the proscription, with penalties for its removal.
Licenced brothels and sex-on-premises venues cannot open under current coronavirus restrictions in Victoria.
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