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Foreign prostitution mystery

June 12th, 2007 . by Matt

Some prostitutes were tied up by robbers trying to rob a brothel.

The visa status of seven foreign prostitutes is being investigated after they were bound during a hold-up in a Perth brothel.

Police spokesman Graham Clifford said three men entered the Inglewood brothel, in Perth’s eastern suburbs in the early hours of Sunday morning where they tied up the seven staff there.

“It seems they have held the place up and then left empty handed,” Sgt Clifford said.

It was unclear how the prostitutes were discovered.

Police said they were now investigating the credentials of the women working at the brothel, who are believed to be Korean.

It looks like the prostitutes, who are on working holiday visas, are back in Sydney looking for “employment”. I wonder what kind of employment?

Seven South Korean prostitutes who were bound and gagged during a failed hold-up at a Perth brothel have cut short a working holiday in Western Australia and returned to Sydney.

The women, who spoke little English, were tied up in a hold-up bid by three men at an Inglewood brothel, in Perth’s eastern suburbs yesterday.

The prostitutes, who were on a working holiday in Perth, had now returned to Sydney to look for employment, police spokesman Ian Hasleby said.

Police were alerted to their plight by a taxi driver after one of the women broke free of her bonds and flagged him down as he passed by the brothel.

All seven women had valid working visas and had worked in Sydney before coming to Western Australia.

What a bizarre pair of articles. What is the Sydney Morning Herald trying to say?

UPDATE: Some clearer details from a local paper.

Two South Korean prostitutes who were bound and gagged during a brothel hold-up in Perth could be deported if they have breached their student visas, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews says.

The two women were among seven South Korean prostitutes who were tied up by three men during an attempted burglary at the Top 835 brothel in north suburban Inglewood on Saturday.

All seven women had various valid visas entitling them to work, including two on student visas.

They had all come to Perth, from Sydney, for a few weeks work at the brothel.

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said today his department was investigating whether the two students breached visa conditions which allow them to work for up to 20 hours a week.

“They got a student visa because they are here studying and any work that they do, if they are working lawfully, would only be a limited number of hours and it would be in addition to their studies,” Mr Andrews told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

“My department is looking into this, if they were working fulltime, and not doing studies, then obviously they have breached the conditions of their visa.

“In that case their visa could be cancelled and they could be removed from Australia.”

The seven women have returned to Sydney.

What is interesting is that it seems that it is OK to work as a prostitute using the working holiday visa, which I has believed was against the law. It looks like the working holiday visa is becoming a sort of prostitution visa, which I have been saying for a while. The student prostitutes that might be deported would be deported not for prostitution, just for working too many hours, in violation of their visa conditions.

11 Responses to “Foreign prostitution mystery”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    “The women, who spoke little English, were tied up in a hold-up bid by three men at an Inglewood brothel, in Perth’s eastern suburbs yesterday.”

    If they spoke little English who brought them into Australia?

    Korean-speaking foreigners? Or English-speaking Koreans?

    The U.S. State Department has the answer.

    The Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) is primarily a source country for the trafficking of women and girls internally and to the United States (often through Canada and Mexico), Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Western Europe for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

  2. comment number 2 by: Newshound

    I love how the State Department subtly blames Canada and Mexico for the US’s inability to police its own borders.

  3. comment number 3 by: Errol

    I don’t love how Korea unsubtly avoids prosecuting the nabbeun namja.

    Although the R.O.K. has a law with extraterritorial application that allows the prosecution of R.O.K. citizens who sexually exploit children while traveling abroad, there were no prosecutions under this statute during the reporting period.

  4. comment number 4 by: Ken

    Human sales is included there, isn’t it?

  5. comment number 5 by: straycat

    South Korea is a country based on Goods trades. It basically imports raw materials and exports cars, electronics, and so on. However, it seems to me that they do not refine, assemble, reshape as long as this Goods trade concerned.

    x U.S. faults trafficking of women by Korea (June 14, 2007)

    I am wondering why they need to import from Vietnum the Goods and export to Australia/USA/Japan, while they seem to be self-sufficiency.

  6. comment number 6 by: HanComplex

    Yup, “working” visa, alright. As more and more people around the world are learning, LG, Samsung, Hyundai products aren’t the only things Korea exports.
    Korean pride, baby!

  7. comment number 7 by: FamilyGuy

    Lets not forget the Japanaese,Thai, and Chinese pros that are in abundance in most cities too, also most possesing Working Holidays too.

  8. comment number 8 by: egg

    I am a Japanese and I have no intention to deny your claim. But if it is true I would like to stop my fellows causing a nuissance to other countries. There is little that I can do at the present, but please tell me the details , so that I can do something to prevent them in the future. Knowing the reallity is the first step of improvement, isn`t it?

  9. comment number 9 by: FamilyGuy

    I dont think they are a nusiance? As long as there is a market for them they can work.

  10. comment number 10 by: FamilyGuy

    it just angers me to focus on one country when there are numerous nationalites doing the same thing.

  11. comment number 11 by: egg


    it just angers me to focus on one country when there are numerous nationalites doing the same thing.

    I have got your intenion.
    At the same time, prostitution tends to suply money to criminal organizations and in many cases women who prostitute themselves are in awful conditions too, I think. So, I think it should be stopped or at least regulated properly. Women`s nationality isn`t the point but at least I would like to know the reality about our fellows, on the first place.