“They advertise on Locanto, Tinder even on Gumtree; they can put photos up of themselves half naked — we can’t even do that on our website,” she said.
“We’re trying to educate them on the positives of coming to a legal brothel instead of a private girl on Tinder,” she said, adding that sex workers in brothels must have a sexual health certificate to reduce the spread of STIs.
She also pointed the finger at tight regulations and private prostitutes who use the apps to advertise their services.
PLA chairman Walter Hutt said unregulated prostitution was to blame for the downward trend.
"In my view, the most significant factor is the proliferation of the so-called massage parlour," he said.
Lush Marcoola is the Sunshine Coast's only legal brothel, and manager Rebecca has told the Daily that times are getting tougher for parlours across Queensland.