Human trafficker loses appeal

A Gold Coast hairdresser jailed for human trafficking has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Keith William Dobie, 49, was jailed in December last year for five years after pleading guilty to two counts of people trafficking, one count of handling proceeds of crime and four counts of presenting false documents.

He was ordered to serve 22 months behind bars before being eligible for parole.

During the sentencing hearing before Brisbane District Court Judge Leanne Clare, the court was told Dobie had forced two Thai women to work as prostitutes so he could use the money to pay off loan sharks.

He lured the women to the Gold Coast in 2005 and 2006 with the promise of lucrative wages and luxury living conditions.

However, he instead paid the women $20 to have sex with up to five men a day while he used the rest of the money to pay off loan sharks.

Dobie took his case to the Court of Appeal in September, where his barrister Sam Di Carlo argued the conviction was unsound because the human trafficking legislation had been interpreted incorrectly by the prosecution.

He also argued the sentence was manifestly excessive given the short period of offending and the lack of sophistication involved in Dobie’s scheme.

However, in a written judgment handed down on Friday, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, ruling there was nothing “ambiguous or doubtful” about the way the legislation was worded.

source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/human-trafficker-loses-appeal-20091218-l1gj.html

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