Police sting nets sex worker at Alexandra Headland

AN ASIAN sex worker has been fined after a sting at Alexandra Headland by the Prostitution Licensing Authority.

Hong Kong national Ling Man, 53, was charged after police discovered that she was working with at least one other person.

Under Queensland laws, sex work is legal only for sole operators and licensed brothels.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rick Pallister told the Maroochydore Magistrates Court that an officer responding to a newspaper advertisement for "Amazing Peaches" made a telphone booking with an English-speaking woman on October 15.

Sgt Pallister said the officer went to the Mandolin unit complex and texted a number as instructed and then went to a room where he was met by a non-English-speaking Asian woman in lingerie.

Ms Man was arrested after police recorded a conversation about the price of a sexual service.

Sgt Pallister said $1000 in $50 notes were found tucked into a bin liner at the unit and $230 in a make-up bag.

He said Ms Man told police she lived in Sydney but it was "too competitive" and it was "easier" to work in Queensland and then go home.

Ms Man pleaded guilty to knowingly participating in the provision of prostitution and possession of tainted property.

She was fined $800 and no conviction was recorded, although she had previously appeared in court for a similar offence.


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