Operation Ice Efficient has uncovered an alleged sex ring on the Sunshine Coast.
Operation Ice Efficient has uncovered an alleged sex ring on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast sex ring uncovered

SIX Sunshine Coast residents have been caught in a police blitz on illegal sex rings.

Two men and four women were arrested in the weekend operation, including an alleged 44-year-old Buddina agent or “pimp”, who police claim was also in possession of child exploitation material.

Police said the sting, called Operation Ice Efficient, was part of an “ongoing” operation targeting illegal sex workers on the Coast.

Tactical Crime Squad police officer in charge Troy Pukallus said the arrests were not representative of a significant problem on the Coast.

The TCS and officers from the State Prostitution Enforcement Squad executed search warrants at Buddina and Buderim in the operation, which took place over four days.

The 44-year-old man was charged with procuring a person for the purposes of prostitution; having an interest in premises, knowingly participating in the provision of prostitution; being found on premises; and two counts of possession of tainted property.

Police also charged him with possession of child exploitation material after alleged items were found on a laptop computer in his possession.

Two 49-year-old women, a 42-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman were each charged with knowingly participating in the provision of prostitution of another.

The two younger women were also charged with being found on a premises and possession of tainted property and cash, to the total value of almost $3000.

One of the 49-year-old women was charged with possession of tainted property.

A 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with being found on the premises.

Prostitution laws vary from state to state but private or sole-operating sex workers are legal in Queensland.

It is an offence to publicly solicit for the purpose of prostitution, and any activities conducted outside a licensed brothel are illegal.

Senior Sergeant Pukallus said the operation was part of a proactive approach to the issue on the Coast.

He said information received from the public played a significant role in the execution of Operation Ice Efficient.

All six of those arrested will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court over the next six weeks.

Four Asian women, including one illegal non-citizen, were arrested and charged on the Coast in March this year as part of Operation Ice Tourist, which targeted illegal sex networks in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra.


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