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Australia’s Oldest Brothel

Meet Carmel, the 80-year-old owner of the Questa-Casa brothel in Kalgoorlie.

Carmel doesn’t have a conventional 9 to 5 job. She works long hours, mostly through the night.

She’s the Madam of Australia’s oldest brothel, the Questa-Casa, which opened during the gold rush.

At the time, business was booming in Kalgoorlie. Now, not so much.

“There’s no business at the moment Ben. As it is now, if we get more than three clients we’re happy.”

Carmel bought the brothel 30 years ago after her second husband died and says it was “meant to be”.

With conventional business being slow, Carmel has evolved and now relies on tourists.

“I have tours in the afternoon. We are the only part of old Kalgoorlie left.”

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