Police update 2: Sexual servitude and organised prostitution chargesin Brisbane

Police have laid an additional 13 charges against a Mount Gravatt East man for his alleged involvement in organised unlawful prostitution and sexual servitude offences following a public appeal for information earlier this month.

The 35-year-old man was arrested on February 4 and at the time charged with 10 offences including one count each of conducting a business involving servitude, conducting a business of unlawful prostitution, possessing drugs and tainted property.

Two 23-year-old women were also charged earlier this month as part of Operation Sierra Vast.

As a result of new information received following a public appeal and ongoing inquiries, investigators from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Prostitution Enforcement Taskforce have laid additional charges against the man.

The 13 additional charges are:

• six counts of conducting business involving servitude under the Commonwealth Criminal Code

• two counts of attempting to conduct a business involving servitude under the Commonwealth Criminal Code

• one count of grievous bodily harm

• four counts of supplying dangerous drugs.

The man was remanded in custody following his first court appearance on February 5 and is due to reappear tomorrow (February 24) in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

A total of nine victims have come forward to police. Investigators are working with the AFP and community service providers to offer support to the victims.

Detectives are encouraging anyone who may have information in relation to this investigation to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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