14 Apr 2015

Woman jailed over immigration offences

2:59 pm on 14 April 2015

] An Auckland woman who made an employee work as a prostitute, and who wrote a contract threatening staff with fines if they gossiped about her has been jailed.

Naengnoi Sriphet has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for five immigration offences.

She was found guilty of inciting one of them to breach visa conditions - by making her work as a prostitute.

Sriphet hired the Thai workers for her massage business, and wrote contracts for them in both English and Thai.

But Immigration New Zealand said the contracts varied, and the Thai version said the new staff had to live in the work premises.

It said they could be fined if they allowed it to get messy, and if they gossiped about Sriphet or damaged her reputation.