Australia Women held as sex slaves, drugged and tattooed as being 'property', Queensland police say
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A man and woman have been charged with drugging several women and keeping them as sex slaves for clients at two Brisbane residences.
Police said the 35-year-old man gave the women stupefying drugs, controlled their finances and work conditions and tattooed them as "being his property".
He and a woman were arrested during a search of two properties, at South Brisbane and Mount Gravatt East, yesterday.
Four women, between the ages of 17 and 24, were found at the Mount Gravatt East home, but police believe there are more alleged victims.
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Covert recordings of the sex acts were also found during the search, as well as drugs, and evidence to support sexual servitude and organised prostitution offences.
Officer-in-charge of the Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce Juliet Hancock said officers began investigating in October following a tip-off from the public.
"We have been shocked by this," she said.
"This investigation has been confronting when you consider those aspects, vulnerable young women being recruited, being drugged, being prostituted and being tattooed, that's pretty confronting.
"We did not understand that this was happening in Australia, let alone Brisbane.
"It is something that you see that's happening overseas.
"It is quite hard to shock police.
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"We understand that this is quite horrendous offending.
"The women are now safe thanks to the information from members of the public and the diligence of our officers.
"We believe there are other victims who have been exploited by the man and I encourage them to come forward and contact police."
Women 'heavily under the influence of drugs'
Detective Inspector Hancock said she spoke yesterday to one of the women found at the properties.
"It would be, I think, fair to say that some of them do not understand they have been exploited," she said.
"A couple of them yesterday were definitely very heavily under the influence of drugs.
"I don't think they understood yesterday when I was speaking to them."
The man, from Upper Mount Gravatt East, has been charged with 10 offences, including conducting a business involving servitude, unlawful prostitution, drug possession, possessing tainted property, and recordings that breach the Privacy Act.
The woman has been charged with three offences, including unlawful prostitution.
They are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
Brisbane man accused of forcing women as young as 17 to work as prostitutes .
A 35-year-old man from Brisbane is accused of forcing women as young as 17 to be prostitutes, including drugging them and tattooing them.Police allege the 35-year-old man kept the woman aged 17 to 24 in conditions of servitude of unlawful prostitution, and drugged them, controlled their life and money and had them tattooed as being his property.