Ipswich sex worker's jail term cut by two years

AS Queensland's highest court knocked two years off an Ipswich prostitute's sentence for procuring five teenage girls to engage in her trade, it has warned this was a unique case.

Corrina Ann Crabb, 32, procured the girls to have unprotected sex which exposed them to the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy, which "unsurprisingly" occurred in one case.

Queensland Court of Appeal president Margaret McMurdo also noted Corrina Ann Crabb, 32, had a low IQ, learning disability, had a troubled background and a mild brain impairment.

She said, in a judgment handed down on Tuesday, that a psychologist found Crabb befriended young women with similar psychological issues and recruited them into prostitution "as she knew no better".

Justice McMurdo said such offending could attract a considerably higher sentence than the new nine-year sentence with parole eligibility after three years depending on the circumstances.

"This is especially so where force is used, where young people have been pressured into prostitution by parents or others in a position of trust or where there is some other significant power imbalance between the procurer and the procured," she said.

The Crown, at sentence, had pushed for the maximum 14-year sentence but the judge jailed Crabb for 11 years.

The appeal court reduced the sentence to nine years with parole eligibility set for November 24 this year.

Crabb had already served 785 days in pre-sentence custody.

Justice Ann Lyons said the victims, who were given alcohol and drugs, were not coerced into sexual activity but it was usually made clear there would be no money for rent and food if they did not earn money.

She said there was a significant error at the Ipswich sentencing that could have infected the whole sentencing process.

Justice Lyons, after reviewing the case afresh, said Crabb was "in many ways an older version of the vulnerable young women" which meant the offending was against a background of unique factual matters.

"Significantly in the present case there was no hint of coercion or physical threats or abuse," she said.

"The young women in this case were not children but were worldly teenagers who well knew what (Crabb) did for a living."


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