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A brothel owner who smuggled five Thai women into Australia to work as prostitutes today had her conviction for sex slavery upheld by the country's high court. Wei Tang was sentenced to 10 years in prison for holding the women as sex slaves.
The year-old was convicted in of five counts of possessing a slave and five counts of exercising power of ownership over a slave between August and May She was the first person convicted under anti-slavery legislation passed by Australia's federal parliament in Tang, who ran a legal brothel, used false visas to smuggle the five women into Melbournepromising them they would be able to work legally as prostitutes and send money home to their families.
Tang won an appeal in the Victorian court of appeal, which ruled the trial judge had not correctly directed the jury. Today at the high court, six out of seven judges reinstated the convictions and the year sentence.
Kathleen Maltzahn, a founding director of the anti-human trafficking group Project Respect, said the court decision would lead to more successful prosecutions. Australia news.
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