Police have laid new charges against a man suspected in Brisbane of running a sexual trafficking ring.
Earlier this month, after police searched two properties in South Brisbane and Mount Gravatt East, Matthew James Markcrow, 35, was remanded in prison.
Detectives say he drugged and kept women for sex as young as 17, in what police characterized as a “horrendous” instance of modern-day slavery.
He is also accused of tattooing the women and managing their living, financial and working conditions as his house.
Nine suspected victims have already appeared before the police after a public appeal.
Thirteen new charges were brought against Mr. Markcrow, including six counts of conducting business requiring servitude, four counts of selling illegal substances, and one count of serious bodily harm.
He is due to reappear at the Magistrates Court of Brisbane on a total of 23 charges on Wednesday.
Also charged earlier this month were Crystal Sawyer and Hannah Stead, both aged 23, as part of the inquiry.
Detectives are encouraging someone else to come forward with details.