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Three women pleaded guilty to prostitution charges - one with knowingly participating in prostitution and two with being in a place used for prostitution without a reasonable excuse. The women were charged after an undercover police operation investigating the Rockhampton prostitution industry from July to September. Mei-Hui Hsu was charged with knowingly participating in prostitution after an undercover police officer organised to meet up with her on September 10 at the Ambassador Motel, after calling a phone number for the service, advertised in The Morning Bulletin.
The officer had received a call-back from another phone number, confirming the service request. Prostitution is legal only in a licensed brothel, or sole operator no "pimps" in one place.
Xia Hardcastle, who was charged with being in a place used for prostitution without a reasonable excuse, had her case adjourned for a week. Siriwan Finlayson, 45, who has been living in the same room at the motel for the past five years, pleaded guilty to being in a place used for prostitution without a reasonable excuse.
Duty lawyer Brian McGowran, who represented all three women, questioned why the motel owner was not charged with knowledge prostitution was occurring on the premises in light of one of the women having lived in the same room for five years. However, Ambassador Motel owner David Rosenberg said he was unable to comment about the court case, but did refer to the anti-discrimination laws outlined in The Morning Bulletin in reference to prostitutes on June Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland regional manager Ben Cooke was quoted in the June 29 story saying if a person was suspected or presumed of being a sole sex worker it was unlawful to ask their occupation.
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