How an Australian Muslim forced four Moroccan women into prostitution at a Thai nightclub after a female accomplice lured them with the promise of well-paid waitressing jobs
An Australian man and former nightclub owner who forced four Moroccan woman into prostitution in Thailand will spend 19 years behind bars.
The Criminal Court found Sudanese-Australian Michael Pearl, 46, guilty of human trafficking and procurement charges on Wednesday.
He was sentenced to 19 years in jail, while accomplices Ghassan Wakej, 36 from Syria, Moroccan woman Hana Taoyuree, 38, and Thai men Chalad Narachan, 63 and Aree Iamsaree, 46, were each sentenced to 16 years.
Pearl owned the Dream Disco nightclub on the fourth floor of the Zenith Sukhumvit Hotel in an area of Bangkok that catered chiefly to tourists from the Middle East, Africa and the subcontinent.
The court heard that Taoyuree lured four Moroccan women to Thailand promising well-paid jobs as waitresses.
The four women entered the country via Laos before boarding a bus to Bangkok.
They were were forced into prostitution at the Dream Disco discotheque between October 2016 until March 2017, The Bangkok Post reported.
The two Thai men Narachan, 63 and Iamsaree and the Syrian man Wakej were charged with detaining and assaulting the four victims to force them into prostitution.
Two of the four victims returned to their home country when they were rescued in March 2017.
The court found the five offenders breached two counts of the Criminal Code and were each jailed for four years.
They were each jailed a further 12 years for breaching two counts of the anti-human trafficking act.
Pearl was also convicted of violating the prostitution suppression act by soliciting others for sex services and jailed additional three years.
Prior to the sentencing, the five men arrested and charged last August had been free on bail of 300,000 baht each.
Pearl was arrested while attempting to board a flight to flee the country.
The four men have been transferred to Bangkok Remand Prison while Taoyuree was transferred to Central Women Correctional Institution, The Bangkok Post reported.