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Woman sold five underage girls for sex

Ipswich woman pleads guilty to prostituting five underage girls.
Ipswich woman pleads guilty to prostituting five underage girls. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

CROWN prosecutors are calling for the maximum penalty to be given to an Ipswich woman who prostituted five underage girls.

Corrina Ann Crabb, 32, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to 80 charges including procuring prostitution of a child, procuring a young person for unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent treatment of a child under 16 and aggravated supply of drugs to a minor.

According to Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco, Crabb's offending over a five-year period was so serious she should be sentenced to the maximum penalty of 14 years prison.

The court heard Crabb groomed five girls, one as young

as 14, to engage in prostitution.

She used internet and telephone services as well as her own Facebook page to advertise the girls and to hire them out to clients.

Crabb was paid in cash, which the girls would rarely see any of, or in drugs.

The court heard Crabb told the clients the girls were 18, despite knowing they weren't of legal age.

Crabb, who was also prostituting herself at the time, introduced the girls to sexual acts by making them watch her with clients and then pressuring them into performing acts with and later without her.

Eventually she would take the girls to see clients at her house, or she would take them to see clients in hotels, houses as well as bushland and at a water tower.

One client even took one of the girls on a weekend trip to northern NSW.

The court heard one of the girls fell pregnant during the period.

Crabb's offending came to police attention after one of the girls reported it to the Department of Community Safety.

Ms Marco said Crabb had dramatically affected the lives of five teenage girls.

"The mark left on their lives has been indelible," she said.

"The accused corrupted these girls through sex and introducing them to drugs.

"She groomed them by making them watch her take part in sex with men before forcing and encouraging them to be involved in sexual acts with men."

Defence lawyer Steve Kissick argued Crabb using the girls wasn't malicious as the life she introduced them to was "the only one she'd ever known".

However, he admitted Crabb was a risk of reoffending due to her life of prostitution and drug use.

Judge Sarah Bradley adjourned the sentence until next year to consider the documents tendered to the court.

Topics:  ipswich district court



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