A TAIWANESE woman was allegedly being paid up to $600 a day to provide “intimate relations” to a man police are hunting over the drug raid of an Alfredton house on Tuesday night.
Police allege Sih-Yu Wu, 31, who is in Australia on a student visa, met the man while working as an illegal sex worker at a Melbourne brothel.
Wu made a brief appearance in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where she faced a string of charges, including cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis, trafficking a commercial quantity of cannabis, possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis and stealing electricity.
She was arrested on Tuesday night, allegedly trying to flee through the backyard of a Leicester Court property where police uncovered an elaborate hydroponic cannabis set-up consisting of almost 200 mature plants.
It is understood that the male offender is still on the run from police.
Police documents seen exclusively by The Courier allege Wu was working for the man who escaped police arrest.
The documents also allege Wu, who is believed to have recently worked in a Melbourne brothel, has never been a registered sex worker.
Police believe Wu has been living in Ballarat since July and that the Springvale residential address provided doesn’t exist.
The documents reveal an address in Main Road where Wu is believed to have been living, with evidence including bank documents and a fitness membership connecting her to the address.
Expected to apply for bail yesterday, a lawyer for Wu said no application could be made due to the complexity of the case.
Magistrate Angela Bolger remanded Wu to re-appear on November 28 for a committal mention hearing.