[Stop-traffic] News/Australia: Suspended sentence for man who imported Thai women

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Australia: Suspended sentence for man who imported Thai women
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 10:58:21 EST

Suspended sentence for man who imported Thai women
The Australian Associated Press, December 1, 2000

A Melbourne businessman who "imported" women from Thailand to work in city
brothels today walked free from court with a suspended jail sentence.

Gary Glazner,58, was also fined $31,000, but as an undischarged bankrupt
with no assets he could still face a jail term if he defaults on fixed
payments to the court of $3,000 a month.

Victorian County Court Judge William White said the "clear motive" for
Glazner's crimes was "blatant greed".

The court was told that Glazner arranged for more than 20 Thai women to
travel to Australia on the understanding they would be working in the sex
industry on 12-month contracts.

But the women were told they would have to perform 500 "jobs" before they
received any payment for their sexual services.

The court heard that Glazner took over the running of two legal brothels in
Tope Street and City Road, South Melbourne, despite not being licensed to
run a brothel.

A jury convicted him on two charges of living off the earnings of
prostitution and five of being an unlicensed prostitution provider.

Glazner, of High Street, Kew, pleaded not guilty.

The offences were committed between May 1997 and December 1998.

At the time Glazner, of High Street, Kew, owned the Clifton Hotel in Kew
and the Spotswood Hotel.

Judge White said he noted that Glazner had applied for a licence to run a

But because he was anxious to recoup his financial outlay of $18,000 he
paid in a deal to bring women into the country, he decided to "jump the
gun" and not wait to see if the application was going to be approved.

The judge said the women Glazner brought into Australia came as willing sex

Glazner had not mistreated them but he had manipulated them and his conduct
marked him out as a "pimp", he said.

He sentenced Glazner to 18 months, wholly suspended for two years.
Melanie Orhant
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