Prostitutes fined $500 for sex work

TWO Thai women are “not happy with Queensland” after having their prostitution profits confiscated and copping a fine for their efforts.

New Zealand citizens Juthathi Juthathipaporn and Pornphimon Sai-iammee, both 42, had set up shop in a Gympie suburban estate.

The women, who are now staying at Wurtulla on the Sunshine Coast, were charging $100 for half a day after advertising a mobile phone number.

They faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday on prostitution and tainted property charges.

Police prosecutor Leonie Scott said two detectives from the prostitution enforcement taskforce pretended to be clients on May 29 and found the two women were renting rooms in a house for $50 each.

She said the women told police they were brought to Queensland by a friend called Molly and had just 10 customers in two weeks.

Police found $345 and $115 in their rooms which declared was “derived from sex work”.

Solicitor Michael Robinson said his clients, who were forced to surrender their passports to get bail, were not sure they would stay in Australia.

“They said they had performed this work in other states and it wasn’t a problem,” he said. “They have expressed they are not happy with Queensland.”

Magistrate John Parker fined the women $500 each and forfeited their sex work profits.

“In Queensland there’s a very strict legislation governing prostitution,” he said. “You cannot just set up without permission or a licence.

“That’s so that health regulations are looked after and people’s health is protected and so that crime doesn’t sneak into the picture by people who exploit (the trade). I accept you didn’t make much out of prostitution out of Gympie.”

Gympie Times

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