More charges laid in Qld sex slave case

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A man accused of running a sex slave ring that saw victims drugged and branded like cattle has been hit with 13 new charges.

Matthew James Markcrow, 35, faced a Brisbane court earlier this month accused of keeping women for sexual servitude, and tattooing ownership claims on their bodies. He was initially charged with 10 offences.

On Tuesday, police said an additional 13 charges had been laid, including six counts of conducting business involving servitude, one count of grievous bodily harm, and four counts of supplying dangerous drugs.

Markcrow remains in custody and is expected to reappear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Police allege women aged between 17 and 24 were kept in conditions of servitude of unlawful prostitution, given stupefying drugs, and subjected to controlled living, financial and work conditions as well as being tattooed.

A total of nine alleged victims have so far contacted police. It's alleged social media was used to recruit them.

Two 23-year-old women have also been charged over the ring that police described as truly shocking.