A father is standing trial in Queensland, Australia, for allegedly forcing his 14-year-old son to sleep with a prostitute because he thought the boy was gay.

According to the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the alleged incident happened in 2007 at a family barbecue.

The father, who cannot be named, was said to have phoned a sex worker and arranged to meet her at a motel on Yaamba Road, North Rockhampton.

He waited outside the motel room after telling his son he expected to see a used condom as proof he had sex, Rockhampton magistrates court heard.

The alleged offences came to light after the father called the Child Protection Investigation Unit in May 2008.

The police officer who answered his call said he claimed authorities had not acted on his suspicions the boy was abusing his younger brother and admitted he had taken the 14-year-old to see a prostitute to sort the situation out.

The boy’s mother said her son had tearfully told her his father had taken him to see a prostitute but wouldn’t say any more.

Magistrates said there was enough evidence to charge him with the rape of his son.

The case will be heard in a higher court next year.