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Crown Resorts paid a brothel owner and alleged money launderer to lure high rollers to its Australian casinos and then provided them with money to gamble, according to court files and officials that raise further questions about the company's business dealings. Crown has partnered with brothel owner Simon Pan to bring high roller customers to gamble at the casino sinceaccording to Victorian County Court documents obtained by The AgeThe Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes.
Mr Pan owns South Melbourne brothel 39 Tope which is a few minutes drive from the casino precinct and specialises in Asian sex workers and escorts, according to its website. The 39 Tope brothel run by Crown casino high roller Simon Pan.
Credit: Justin McManus.
Documents filed in the Victorian County Court in separately detail Mr Pan's work as "Junket Representative at Crown Casino" who "arranges people to gamble at a casino and [who] the casino pays In addition to offering Mr Pan's junket business lucrative commissions and other incentives to bring high rollers from Asia to Crown, Crown has provided Mr Pan with access to its facilities and banking systems. The documents show that Mr Pan is the representative at Crown Melbourne for a Macau junket operator, the Kim Teng Jong junket, and has given Crown high rollers millions of dollars to gamble.
Documents obtained from South Korean police show that the AFP removed two women suspected to have been trafficked to 39 Tope ina fact that also has been reported in the media. Well-placed sources said the investigations into 39 Tope between and had resulted in successful organised crime prosecutions of mid-tier brothel workers in the County Court in and had exposed the exploitative conditions at Mr Pan's brothel. The sources said human trafficking charges were not laid because sex workers were too scared to testify. However, policing agencies have repeatedly filed documents in court identifying Mr Pan as owning brothels involved in serious criminal activity and suspected human trafficking and as having alleged deep ties to organised criminals.
An ex-Crown staff member, Jenny Jiang, has also blown the whistle on the company, alleging it engineered Sex for money in melbourne illegal high roller gambling promotion operation across mainland China and then sought to cover it up as Chinese authorities closed in. Crown Resorts did not answer a detailed set of questions, including about Mr Pan, saying "Crown does not comment on its business operations with particular individuals or businesses". However, a statement said Crown had a "comprehensive" anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing program in place, "which is subject to regulatory supervision by AUSTRAC".
James Packer, a major Crown shareholder, said through a lawyer that he had not been an executive at Crown Resorts since and reed as chairman in Augustand as a board member in December that year. Crown's Barangaroo casino, under construction. Anti human-trafficking advocate Courtney Keefe said Crown should be held able for helping to finance the owner of a brothel allegedly implicated in organised crime and the exploitation of women. InMr Pan was named in a migration tribunal hearing as running a massage parlour which was raided by the Victoria Police vice squad, and hosting Asian an woman suspected to be working there unlawfully.
The Tope Street brothel, which remains popular with some of the Crown high-roller patrons according to sources with knowledge of its operations, was at the heart of a federal police operation between andcode named Katrino, which targeted the trafficking of women from South and North Korea and China to Melbourne. I am aware that the Australian Federal Police intercepted a of telephone calls … when I helped organise the recruitment of females in south-east Asia to travel to Australia and provide sex work … with the full knowledge and permission of Simon.
Because of the difficulty getting fearful brothel workers to testify, the Federal Police charged members of the suspected trafficking syndicate with breaches of the Victorian Sex Work Act. While police did not charge Mr Pan, they aired evidence in court that implicated him as having links to serious criminal activity. In that action, the evidence linking Mr Pan to human trafficking was aired as the brothel regulator successfully imposed conditions on his brothel licence to prevent criminal conduct. Investigations like this require bravery, determination and your support.
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