A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system.
A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system. ©istockphoto/DNY59

Trafficker appeals sentence

A CURRUMBIN hairdresser jailed for human trafficking has appealed against his conviction and sentence.

Keith William Dobie, 49, received a five-year jail term in December last year 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.

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 that he could use the money to pay off loan sharks.

He lured the women 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. The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.



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