Australian brothels used health rebates

Nov. 17, 2008 at 6:58 PM
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SYDNEY, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Australian officials said they are taking a closer look at health fund rebates for massage parlors after some of the businesses were revealed as brothels.

Health fund fraud investigators said they discovered up to 80 massage parlors in Sydney alone were fraudulently using funds -- and some were offering taxpayer-funded rebates for a "massage with a happy ending" -- The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said officials are taking a closer look to ensure that federal funds are kept away from massage parlors that offer sexual services.

"Public funds that go to health services should be used for health services," she said.

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