Brisbane man hit with additional sexual servitude charges

Thirteen fresh charges have been laid against a Brisbane man accused of keeping women as sex slaves after five more women came forward.

Matthew Markcrow, 35, his girlfriend Crystal Sawyer, 23, and another 23-year-old woman were charged in early February after police carried out search warrants across a number of Brisbane properties, where they discovered evidence they say supported “sexual servitude and organised prostitution.”

Markcrow was originally charged with ten offences, and his girlfriend with two.

Police first charged the pair on February 4 after a four-month-long investigation, the result of a public tip-off.

At the time, police found four women between the ages of 17 and 24, who detectives allege were given stupefying drugs, subjected to controlled living, work and financial conditions, and had been “tattooed as being his property”.

Since then, five more women have come forward, resulting in police charging Markcrow with an addition 13 offences on Tuesday, including six counts of conducting business involving servitude, two counts of attempting to conduct a business involving servitude, one count of grievous bodily harm, and four counts of supplying dangerous drugs.

He was remanded in custody following his first court appearance on February 5 and is due to appear again on Wednesday.

Investigators are working with the Australian Federal Police and community service providers to support the nine women, and are encouraging anyone with information to contact police.

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