UPDATE: Melbourne, Australia – Victorian Special Investigations Monitor – David Jones, has defended his release to the Victorian State Parliament of a report detailing corrupt behaviour by police who blackmailed sex workers, operated an unlicensed brothel, and attempted to pervert the course of justice. Concerns about naming the geographic location had been raised by the Office of Police Integrity, as this may compromise ongoing investigations
Victorian police have been linked to the operation of an illegal brothel and to corruption involving street prostitutes and drug dealers, a new report says. The report was written by former Judge David Jones in his role as the special investigations monitor overseeing the Office of Police Integrity. The report was tabled on February 28th in the Victorian parliament.
Fairfax newspapers said the report revealed the Office of Police Integrity was investigating allegations including “the theft of goods and controlled drugs from known sex workers, assaults of sex workers and criminal or improper associations with drug dealers, drug users and sex workers”. The allegations also included “the ownership and management of an unlicensed brothel” by police. The police station involved in the allegations was not named but Fairfax said the small number of police under investigation have worked in the St Kilda area ::::
One officer has resigned and another has been transferred to a different region. An 18-month Office of Police Integrity -OPI – and Victoria Police investigation suggests a few officers may have had free sex with street prostitutes at a hotel and other Melbourne locations, one long-serving officer was part of plans to run a brothel with a criminal, and two officers – one still serving – had long-term sexual relationships with street prostitutes. There are also claims a policeman raped a street prostitute with a baton and another travelled to Sydney and took illicit drugs with a transvestite. The revelations have renewed calls for the establishment of safe houses for sex workers in St Kilda, to eliminate corrupt activity between street workers and police
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