Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Hairdresser jailed for people trafficking

A 48-year-old Gold Coast hairdresser has been handed a five-year sentence in the District Court in Brisbane for people trafficking.

Keith William Dobie pleaded guilty to luring two Thai women to work as prostitutes in Australia.

The court heard the women were aware of the nature of the work, but were deceived about the hours they would work and were not paid the full amount they were promised.

Judge Leanne Clare said Dobie's crime and treatment of the women was calculated, protracted and callous.

She said he showed no sense of remorse and ordered he serve a non-parole period of 22 months.

Dobie was also found guilty on charges of providing false documents and dealing with proceeds of a crime.

Police believe Dobie is the first person to be sentenced with such a crime in Australia.

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