Court told of 600 acts as ‘sex slave’

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The Age
Julia Medew
May 22, 2007

A THAI “sex slave” was forced to perform more than 600 sexual acts in brothels across Melbourne before she was freed by her “owner” in 2004, a court has been told.

The young woman — one of seven allegedly recruited by a Melbourne-based sex slave racket — was also ordered to surrender her passport so she could not flee the country, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Federal police allege four people, including 35-year-old Sarisa Leech, of St Albans, bought the women for $20,000 each before putting them on one-year contracts to work in Melbourne brothels in 2003.

The women were allegedly held in suburban apartments and driven to work by their “owners”, who controlled their affairs. read more..