Saturday, November 27, 2021

Melbourne brothel allegedly let teenage ‘dominatrix’ work

Three people accused of managing a 16-year-old girl allegedly hired as an “assistant dominatrix” at a Melbourne brothel have been ordered to stand trial. Wenjun Zhu, 33, Ying Yang, 51, and Cheng Li, 33, appeared via video link in Melbourne Magistrates Court on

Thursday to face multiple charges, including causing a child to take part in sex work, allowing a child to enter a brothel, obtaining sexual services performed by a child, and entering an agreement by which a child is to perform sexual services to another person in return for payment. The trio allegedly let the teenager, who cannot be identified, work as an “assistant dominatrix” and perform sexual services at the Heidelberg Angels brothel in August 2019.

Lawyers for the trio argued the case against their clients was largely circumstantial, and they should not face trial with the allegations. A lawyer for Mr. Zhu from Chadstone argued the teenager claimed to be 27 and engaged in “dominatrix” and “fetish pleasers”, which were not defined as sexual services under the act. The teenager was already working at the brothel when Mr. Zhu began his role, and he did not check her ID because he only checked the new workers, defense lawyer Katarina Ljubicic said.

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