Drugs, proceeds of crime allegedly found during arrest of Brisbane sex slave accused

Medication, money and gadgets purchased with cash raised by sexually exploited younger ladies have been allegedly found in a Brisbane property the place a person accused of operating a slave ring was arrested.

Matthew James Markcrow, 35, has been accused of drugging and recruiting 4 ladies aged 17 to 24, additionally tattooing their our bodies to point they have been his “property”.

He was arrested at a property in Mount Gravatt East on Thursday.

Police bodycam footage of the arrest, seen above, reveals a small bag of white powder and a pile of $50 notes being seized by officers.

“Once we did the search, we positioned medication, covert recordings of the females with shoppers and a range different property which appeared prefer it was the proceeds of the crime,” mentioned Juliet Hancock, from the Queensland Police’s Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce.

“Clearly (that property was) from the cash that had been earned by these females.”

Markcrow faces 10 costs, together with conducting a enterprise involving servitude, conducting illegal prostitution, possessing medication and tainted property, and breaching privateness.

Police allege his victims got stupefying medication, topic to managed dwelling, monetary and work situations.

Matthew James Markcrow, 35, has faced Brisbane Magistrates Court after being charged with unlawful prostitution offences.
Matthew James Markcrow, 35, has confronted Brisbane Magistrates Court docket after being charged with illegal prostitution offences. Credit score: Fb
Drugs and cash were allegedly found during a raid which led to two arrests in an investigation into sexual servitude in Brisbane.
Medication and money have been allegedly found during a raid which led to 2 arrests in an investigation into sexual servitude in Brisbane. Credit score: Queensland Police Service/Provided

He and his co-accused Crystal Marie Sawyer, 23, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court docket on Friday charged after a four-month investigation.

Sawyer is charged with three offences, together with conducting a enterprise of illegal prostitution.

Markcrow allegedly used social media to seek out the ladies.

A picture on Markcrow’s Fb reveals 4 folks with tattoos of the phrases “property of Matt M”.

Markcrow has been accused of tattooing his victims, with a image on his Facebook showing women with the words ‘Property of Matt. M’ on them.
Markcrow has been accused of tattooing his victims, with a picture on his Fb displaying ladies with the phrases ‘Property of Matt. M’ on them. Credit score: Fb

He allegedly focused victims who have been “weak” as a result of their age and “the very fact they’d had some points inside their household unit,” Detective Inspector Hancock mentioned.

“I’ve been a police officer for 30 years. I’ve not seen this kind of offending earlier than,” she mentioned.

“It’s fairly onerous to shock police. That is confronting.

“I feel loads of folks would assume that is taking place abroad. This has occurred in Brisbane.”

– With AAP