A person accused of drugging and recruiting girls for sexual servitude in Brisbane and tattooing possession on their our bodies stays behind bars, however his co-accused Crystal Sawyer has been bailed.
Matthew James Markcrow, 35, and Sawyer, 23, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Courtroom on Friday charged after a four-month investigation into the alleged Brisbane prostitution ring.
Markcrow faces 10 expenses, together with conducting a enterprise involving servitude, conducting illegal prostitution, possessing medication and tainted property, and breaching privateness.
It will likely be alleged he was holding a number of girls aged between 17 and 24 in situations of servitude of illegal prostitution.
The prosecution will allege the ladies got stupefying medication, topic to managed dwelling, monetary and work situations, and have additionally been tattooed as being his property.
‘Stored in servitude’
Sawyer is charged with three offences, together with conducting a enterprise involving servitude.
Prosecutor Sergeant Mark Hughes stated Sawyer claimed to be “like a mom” to the ladies concerned and exerted a “diploma of management” as he opposed her bail software.
He stated police feared Sawyer would take over the prostitution enterprise’s operation if released from custody.
Nevertheless, Justice of the Peace Stephen Courtney stated Sawyer was younger and was granted bail on strict reporting situations regardless of her earlier prostitution-related convictions.
“The allegations towards Markcrow have a selected sinister flavour, and maybe extra shall be revealed because the investigation is accomplished. However, having stated that, I have to be involved with the fees at present towards Ms Sawyer,” Mr Courtney stated.
“I’m glad that threat may be considerably mitigated.”
She was ordered to not contact any witnesses concerned within the police case and return to court docket for point out on February 24.
Photos on Matthew Markcrow’s social media present 4 photographs of “property of Matt M” topped with photographs of satan’s pitchfork and an angel halo.
“If I had all of the names it could look extra like a scroll,” Markcrow posted beneath the pictures.
Police additionally uncovered covert recordings of the females engaged in sexual acts with shoppers.
Throughout a quick court docket look, Markcrow gestured with a coronary heart and mouthed “I like you” to 2 girls sitting within the public gallery.
It’s unknown how the ladies are related, with the pair demanding privateness as they left the Brisbane court docket.
Markcrow was remanded in custody on a return to jail warrant and can return to magistrates court docket on February 24.