Malaysian held in Australia

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  • Saturday, 11 Dec 2004

MELBOURNE: Malaysian Hoo Chee Fui, 38, has been remanded for keeping three Thai women locked in a house in suburban Ashburton and driving them to and from brothels. 

His co-accused, Ho Kam Pin, 35, of Camberwell, charged with selling a woman into sexual slavery, was released on bail yesterday. 

Ho faced three counts including conducting a business involving the sexual servitude of other persons and running a brothel without a licence. 

The magistrate's court was told that Ho and another suspect, Hoting Yeung, ran two brothels in South Melbourne where foreign women were forced to work as prostitutes. 

Ho tried to sell a 21-year-old woman for A$21,000 (RM60,900) after flying to Sydney with Yeung in August. Yeung, who the court heard was the prime suspect, had disappeared overseas. 

Magistrate Lionel Winton Smith granted Ho bail on strict conditions after hearing that he had not left Australia for 14 years, did not have a valid passport and was responsible for the care of his three-year-old daughter. 

Ho and Hoo are due to reappear in February. – Bernama 

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