Sailors in town- Brothels Doing $$ business

Perth brothels are increasing staff to contend with the arrival of two US warships carrying more than 5,400 sailors.

Nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens docked off Fremantle on Thursday.

Prevalent in groups of five or six on the streets of Perth on Friday, some sailors were asking locals: “Where do you go to party?”.

Perth prostitutes were reeling from exhaustion following an influx of United States sailors stressed from a stint in a war zone, a well-known madam said today.

Mary-Anne Kenworthy said she was forced to close the doors of her famous Langtrees brothel for only the third time ever yesterday because her prostitutes were so worn out they could no longer provide a quality service.

The USS George Washington has dropped anchor off Fremantle. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper 

Business groups estimate the sailors’ arrival will boost the local economy to the tune of $5 million during the ships’ five-day stay.

The owner of Perth brothel Langtrees, Beverly Clarke, told AAP on Friday she had put on five extra staff for the weekend, including two from the eastern states.

While there had already been a marginal increase in business, she expected numbers to increase markedly by Friday night.

“Two more (US) sailors just walked in,” she said while being interviewed on Friday afternoon.

“At the moment I’ve even got girls from the eastern states here to assist us.”

When a similar number of sailors appeared in Perth in 2002, Langtrees was overwhelmed with the demand and was forced to shut its doors.

Perth warship lands

MORE than 5000 US sailors with give Perth’s economy a giant boost after the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens arrived in Fremantle for a five-day visit.

While in Perth sailors from the warships, which are based in Japan, will also take part in community work across the city.
The USS George Washington has about 75 aircraft on board, including F/A 18 Hornets and Sea King helicopters, and has 2ha of flight deck.
The 88,000 tonne warship produces enough water to supply 2000 homes, serves 18,000 meals a day and has 2000 telephones.

Then brothel madam Mary-Anne Kenworthy said her staff and workers at other brothels had become exhausted and that she would rather stop business than offer customers an inferior service.

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The story sparked outrage in the US town of Bremerton, home to hundreds of navy families, after a local newspaper ran the story.

The paper was forced to apologise to its readers after receiving several angry letters from the wives and girlfriends of sailors who had been on board the navy ships embroiled in the story.

While some Perth brothels preferred to keep their own counsel on Friday, others like Maddison Avenue said they were preparing for a busy weekend.

“We’ll find out tonight (if we are busy),” a spokeswoman said.

“We’ve got all staff rostered on and a couple of more girls than a normal Friday night.”

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