A 58-year-old woman has been refused bail after raids on two Canberra brothels yesterday, as police investigate allegations that people were being imported from Thailand for sexual services.
Jamaree Suksom is facing five charges in the ACT Magistrates Court of allowing an unlawful citizen to work, relating to five different women.
She was arrested yesterday when police, with the assistance of Australian Border Force officers and Worksafe ACT inspectors, executed simultaneous search warrants at brothels and associated private premises.
Commonwealth prosecutor Eddie Chen told the court the raids were part of a police investigation focused on unsafe practices in the sex industry in Canberra.
The two brothels that were raided have been shut down.
Mr Chen said one of the five women detained for immigration offences alleged she was subject to a $50,000 debt.
He told the court one line of inquiry would be to contact Thai authorities.
“There seems to be the importation of people from Thailand for sexual services,” he said.
He opposed bail, saying it was feared Ms Suksom could interfere with evidence and continue to offend.
Magistrate Karen Fryar agreed, saying the allegations were significant.
She said if the investigations led to charges of human trafficking, that would be of great concern.
The case is expected to be back in court next month. – ABC.NET