In a country that has seen a spike in people using mobile phones and tablets, a popular spa at the centre of a national security investigation has seen its website and mobile apps removed from the internet.
Key points:The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has removed the websites of the Spa Spa Australia and the Melbourne Rainbow Room, which are popular massage rooms in Sydney’s CBDThe ABC understands the website and app were removed in an operation to stop people accessing the websites without a valid ticketThe Melbourne Rainbowroom has more than 500,000 active members, and attracts about 10,000 visitors per weekThe Melbourne Spa Spa has been closed since January following an investigation by the AFP into the alleged criminal activity of a masseuse and two massage therapists at the Spa.
The website and apps for the Spa were taken down by AFP security officers in response to the investigation, which found there were at least three instances of the massage therapists violating the Therapist’s Code of Conduct.
The investigation found the massage therapy was operating at a premises that breached the Therapy’s Code.
The AFP says the massage was “at a location of a residential area” and therefore “subject to the Therapists Code of Behaviour”.
However, the investigation found that the massage room and spa were not within the residential area and therefore did not fall within the definition of residential.
The ABC has confirmed the websites and apps were taken offline.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the AFP said the websites for the Melbourne Spa and the Rainbow Room were “a registered spa and a registered massage parlor” and did not require a valid membership to use.
“The website is not accessible to the public and the spa has ceased to operate.”
Memberships are no longer valid and the membership service is no longer available,” the statement said.”
We are aware that this has impacted the Spa’s membership holders and are working with them to assist them in their membership renewal process.
“A spokesperson for the Victoria Police said the police force was not aware of any problems involving the spa.”
Victoria Police does not have a record of any issues relating to the Melbourne spa and Rainbow Room,” the spokeswoman said.
Topics:police,police-sieges,sunday-harbour-2100,vicFirst posted February 08, 2018 11:51:22Contact Kate McNeillMore stories from Victoria