Woman in court for sexual servitude in Qld

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A third person charged over an alleged Brisbane prostitution ring that kept at least four women in sexual servitude has faced court.

Hannah Christina Stead, 23, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday following the earlier charging of a man and woman.

Matthew James Markcrow, 35, is accused of drugging and recruiting the women for sexual servitude and tattooing ownership on their bodies.

He and co-accused Crystal Marie Sawyer, 23, appeared in court last week.

Stead is accused of "conducting a business that involved the servitude" of a woman under the age of 18 and knowingly carrying on the business of providing unlawful prostitution, according to court documents.

She was granted bail on condition she has no contact with Markcrow, Sawyer and five other women, and reports once a week to police.

Stead was given a notice to appear after victims and witnesses came forward following the arrest of Markcrow and Sawyer.

The two appeared in court last Friday where Markcrow - who faces 10 charges - was remanded in custody.

Sawyer is charged with three offences, including conducting a business involving servitude.

Police allege several women aged between 17 and 24 were being kept in conditions of servitude of unlawful prostitution.

The women were allegedly given stupefying drugs, subject to controlled living, financial and work conditions, and tattooed.

Images on Markcrow's social media show four images of "property of Matt M" topped with images of devil's pitchfork and an angel halo.

Police also uncovered covert recordings of women engaged in sexual acts with clients.

The arrests followed a four-month investigation by officers into the alleged Brisbane prostitution ring.

Police have urged anyone with more information about the ring to come forward after several witnesses and victims contacted police following raids last week.

Stead, Markcrow and Sawyer - who was granted bail - are due to return to the same court on February 24.