The Madam And CompanyDocumentary | 2002 | SBS
Millionaire Mary-Anne Kenworthy is a woman of many titles: Mother, Rotarian, Entrepreneur and Brothel Madam. However she is mostly known for owning two of the largest illegal brothels in Western Australia.
After a three-year stint as a prostitute, Mary-Anne aged 28 bought her first house of ill fame for $80,000. Now at 45 she has built a business empire, with a string of massage parlors, brothels and escort agencies, on the back of a thriving illegal sex trade. Outside the shadowy world of prostitution this Rotarian striving for respectability has diversified her interests into fashion, sex toys and property development.
Mary-Anne is a single mother of four with an insatiable drive to possess the best sex-empire in Australia. Plus, she is on a mission to transform the world of prostitution into a squeaky clean and respectable industry by decriminalising prostitution Australia-wide. Prostitution is technically illegal in WA; police turning a blind eye and prosecuting only when complaints have been made.
The Madam follows the astute and fiery entrepreneur as she claws her way to the top…and the industry to the brink of reform. In the next 12 months her vision is to launch her brothel’s website, Langtrees.com. Mary-Anne has sunk every last penny into developing Langtrees.com in hope of gaining a greater share of the declining traditional sex market. At the same time she is gearing up to take on the government regarding decriminalising the industry. And can she win the Sex Worker of the Year Award?