News/Australia: Thai women tell of unpaid brothel work

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Subject: News/Australia: Thai women tell of unpaid brothel work
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Dec 01 1999 - 20:40:40 EST


Thai women tell of unpaid brothel work
By Mark Forbes
The Age (Australia), December 1, 1999

A Thai woman had to sleep with 500 men without payment after she was sold
to a Melbourne hotel owner to work as a prostitute, the Melbourne
Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Ms Arunsi Atcha told a committal hearing that she escaped from the scheme
and later approached police, who charged Mr Gary Glazner and Mr Paul Marino
with unlicensed prostitution.

After giving a statement to police, Ms Atcha said she was approached by a
man sent by Mr Glazner who asked her nominate a cash payment and offered to
take her back to Thailand.

A second Thai woman, Ms Warithon Srisawang, also told the hearing that she
was contracted by Mr Glazner to sleep with 500 men.

Both women said they were recruited in Thailand by a man called Chang, who
obtained visas for them from the Australian embassy before they were flown
to Australia last year.

Once in Australia, they lived in Mr Glazner's Clifton Hotel in Kew and a
private house in Ferrars Street, South Melbourne, which allegedly operated
as an unlicensed brothel.

Ms Atcha told the hearing that she "belonged" to Mr Glazner and had to tell
him if she went anywhere while working off her 500 "jobs".

"Of the 500 jobs he didn't pay me anything," Ms Atcha said. "But on each
week there was a free day, Monday, and if I work that day I get $45 for a
job."

Ms Atcha said Mr Glazner, whom she called "Pa", also sent her to work as an
escort with men staying at Crown Casino.

She said when she arrived at the Clifton Hotel, three other prostitutes
were also living there and another three arrived soon after. They worked
mainly at a legal brothel, Southgate International, in City Road, South
Melbourne.

The brothel manager told her the first three girls "belonged to Sunny", who
was "the big boss in Sydney". The later three belonged to Mr Glazner, Ms
Atcha said.

When recruited by Chang, Ms Atcha said she was given three options for her
"contract".

"The first condition was 500 jobs, after I finish 500 jobs I would receive
$40 or $50. The second condition was 700 or 800 jobs and I could do
whatever I want, and the third condition I need to pay $36,000 or $37,000,"
she said. "He told me when I met the boss the boss would tell me which
option."

Chang paid for and accompanied her on the flight to Australia, she said.
"He sent me to Pa and then I belonged to Pa. He would get some money from
Pa because he sold me to him."

This year, after she escaped with a regular brothel client and approached
police, a man called Dan was sent to contact her several times, Ms Atcha
said. He offered on Mr Glazner's behalf to send her back to Thailand.

"He said `how much do you want?' I said $50,000," she said.

Ms Atcha told the hearing she did not seriously believe she would be paid
the money, but telephoned Mr Glazner after the approach. She had earlier
denied having contact with Mr Glazner this year.

Ms Srisawang said she had also been recruited by Chang, whom she initially
told police was called Chi. She denied she tried to change his name out of
fear.

Soon after she arrived in Australia, she began working as a prostitute for
Mr Glazner out of a rented house in Ferrars Street.

"I did not get any payment for these jobs," Ms Srisawang said.

The hearing continues.

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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