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Australia Alleged Brisbane sex slave ring operator Matthew Markcrow charged with 13 new offences

05:01  23 february  2021
05:01  23 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Thirteen fresh charges have been laid against a Brisbane man accused of keeping women as sex slaves after five more women came forward. Matthew Markcrow , 35, his girlfriend Crystal Sawyer, 23, and another 23-year-old woman were charged in early February after police carried out search warrants across a number of Brisbane properties, where they discovered evidence they say supported “ sexual servitude and organised prostitution.” Markcrow was originally charged with ten offences , and his girlfriend with two.

Matthew James Markcrow has been charged with 10 offences . Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied. A man who allegedly kept multiple women as sex slaves in Queensland shared photos on social media of tattoos which branded them as his property. His partner, Ms Sawyer, 23, has been charged with two counts of contravening an order about electronic information and one count of conducting unlawful prostitution. Police allege a number of women, aged between 17 and 24, were given stupefying drugs, branded with tattoos and subjected to sexual servitude.

a man holding a phone and looking at the camera: Matthew James Markcrow is accused of drugging women and keeping them as sex slaves. (Facebook) © Provided by ABC News Matthew James Markcrow is accused of drugging women and keeping them as sex slaves. (Facebook)

Police have laid fresh charges against a man accused of operating a sexual slavery ring in Brisbane.

Matthew James Markcrow, 35, was remanded in custody earlier this month after police raided two properties in South Brisbane and Mount Gravatt East.

Detectives allege he drugged and held women as young as 17 for prostitution, in what police described as "horrendous" example of modern-day slavery.

He is also accused of tattooing the women as his property and controlling their living, financial and work conditions.

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Matthew James Markcrow , 35, and Crystal Marie Sawyer, 23, appeared in Brisbane magistrates court on February 5 following a four-month investigation into the alleged prostitution ring . Markcrow faces 10 charges , including conducting a business involving servitude, conducting unlawful prostitution, possessing drugs and tainted property, and breaching privacy. There were also allegedly drugs and secret recordings of sex acts found on the property, plus other evidence which police allege relates to the sexual servitude and organised prostitution offences .

Sex slave ring Brisbane : Queensland police uncover an alleged prostitution ring in Brisbane and have charged Matthew Markcrow and Crystal Marie Sawyer. They also located secret recordings of male 'clients' engaged in sexual acts with the victims. Matthew Markcrow is accused of operating a sex slave ring in Brisbane . Image: Facebook. The 35-year-old male has been charged with 10 offences , including conducting a business involving servitude, conducting unlawful prostitution, possessing drugs and tainted property, and breaching privacy.

Nine alleged victims have now come forward to police after a public appeal.

Mr Markcrow has been charged with 13 new offences, including six counts of conducting business involving servitude, four counts of supplying dangerous drugs, and one count of grievous bodily harm.

He is due to reappear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday on a total of 23 charges.

Crystal Sawyer and Hannah Stead, both aged 23, were also charged earlier this month as part of the investigation.

Detectives are urging anyone else with information to come forward.

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