A woman accused of keeping two Thai women as slaves and forcing them to do sex work to pay off their debts of $ 45,000 has appeared in court.
Rungnapha Kanbut, 57, is on trial at the NSW district court after being found guilty of six charges, including deliberate possession of a slave and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Kanbut would have told two Thai women that they each had a $ 45,000 debt to pay, and would do so through their sex work after they arrived in Sydney and were to live with them in 2004 and 2005.
Rungnapha Kanbut, 57 (right), is being tried by the NSW district court after being found guilty of six charges, including the deliberate possession of a slave and dealing with the proceeds of crime
Kanbut (right) allegedly told two Thai women that they each had a $ 45,000 debt to pay off, and would do this through their sex work
The first female complainant told the court Friday, through a Thai interpreter, that clients & # 39; quite often & # 39; her spits and her bruises and that she & # 39; Rung & # 39; told about the bad treatment.
The woman, interviewed by Crown Officer Peter Neil SC, said Kanbut & # 39; s answer was & # 39; s to take certain medications, to just tolerate it until time was up, and to keep the client & # 39 ;.
On Wednesday, the first complainant said she had been taken to a unit rented by Kanbut and her husband in the west of the city after flying in from Bangkok in November 2004.
The young Thai citizen had a conversation with Kanbut that evening.
"She said I owed her 45,000 Australian dollars," said the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Kanbut also asked if she wanted to rest or go to work the next day, to which she answered the last day.
Mr. Neil on Wednesday asked: "Did Rung (Kanbut) tell you to keep a book of how many jobs you did to pay the ($ 45,000) debt?"
One of the Thai women, who claimed that she had been spit and bruised by her clients in Sydney, claimed that Kanbut (right) had told her to take certain medicines & # 39; and just bear it
& # 39; Yes, & # 39; she answered.
The woman, who had started sex work in the early twenties, said she was being asked to hand over her Thai passport to Kanbut.
& # 39; She said after I repaid the debt, she would return it, & # 39; said the complainant.
She told the court about the trial behind her coming to Australia as a sex worker, including that she was pre-& # 39; completely nude & # 39; to take photos & # 39; s, but & # 39; had passed the test & # 39; to & # 39; nice enough & # 39; to be sent abroad.
& # 39; The photos were the certainty that I would not run away, because if I ran away, the photos would be put down to be ashamed of myself, & # 39; she said.
The man who organized her tourist visa for three months told her hours before she flew away that it was approved.
The first complainant said that she had been taken to a unit rented by Kanbut (photo) and her husband in the inner west of the city after she had flown in from Bangkok in November 2004.
The two Thai women were reportedly asked to hand Kanbut (photo) their Thai passports
He gave her $ 100 before she got on the plane, picked up her phone, told her not to have a big bag otherwise & # 39; it would seem like I wouldn't come back & # 39; and told her not to take sexy underwear.
The man took her Thai bank account book and told her that she was with a person named & # 39; Rung & # 39; would live in Sydney.
The woman said she didn't have a & # 39; workname & # 39; had for Australia or Thailand, but at home she had & # 39; a number & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Everyone has a number on their shirt and when a customer comes, they can choose which number they want, & # 39; she said.
Neil said on Tuesday that the fact that complainants came to Australia voluntarily for sex work did not prevent jury members from discovering that either or both were possessed – that is being used – by the respondent related to her possession & # 39 ;.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Clarke said there were problems with some of their allegations, but in general the question here is whether what is being described by these witnesses amounts to slavery.
The trial will continue before Judge Nanette Williams.