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Women deny running brothels for a Chinese gang of criminals


20-year-old Yali Geng, who arrived at Maidstone Crown Court today, had a bank account on her behalf, which was deposited with £ 150,000 between May 2015 and July 2018

A gang of organized crime by Chinese nationals was behind a network of brothels in southeast England, a court heard.

Real estate was rented in London, Essex and Kent using forged identities and by people who incorrectly claimed to be employed by the telecommunications company Huawei.

Young women, who were often Chinese themselves and who were advertised as "high quality", were then deployed in the brothels, which the participants described as "shops".

The organized crime group is said to have "a large number of sex workers" and there has been a frequent change of women.

Brothels were located in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, one in nearby Tonbridge, one in Brentwood in Essex, and others in Surrey and various parts of London.

During a police operation in an apartment in Tunbridge Wells, officials found a woman who was lightly dressed and wearing a cheerleading outfit and had £ 1,000 in cash.

Three women, including the man's partner, who is referred to as the “central figure” of the operation, were brought to justice for allegedly participating in sex house management and money laundering.

Shuangyan Hu (37), Yali Geng (20) and Pikwa Wong (27) all deny conspiracy offenses to run a brothel between December 31, 2014 and July 26, 2018.

Three of the alleged sex houses were in an apartment in the depository on Rock Villa Road, Tunbridge Wells, and nearby houses on Lime Hill Road and Dudley Road.

Women are also accused of money laundering between the same dates.

Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, heard today that between May 2015 and July 2018, approximately £ 150,000 was deposited into a Halifax bank account operated on behalf of Geng.

The police found £ 1,000 in cash in a Gucci handbag when they raided Pikwa Wong's home in Islington, which was pictured in front of the Maidstone Crown Court today. Wong lived in the house with Geng

The police found £ 1,000 in cash in a Gucci handbag when they raided Pikwa Wong's home in Islington, which was pictured in front of the Maidstone Crown Court today. Wong lived in the house with Geng

Geng, who is pictured in front of the court, denies money laundering and brothels with her roommate Wong

Geng, who is pictured in front of the court, denies money laundering and brothels with her roommate Wong

Prosecutor Alan Gardner said this was the "main account" of the network to which the money generated by the brothels had been deposited.

When the house she shared with Wong in North London's Islington was raided last year, the police found 1,000 pounds of cash in a Gucci handbag.

At the center of the conspiracy was Hu's partner Dongning Zhang, also known as Leo and referred to as "the boss" who pleaded guilty to his involvement.

The court also heard that the house he shared with Hu and her little daughter in Harrow, Middlesex, was the "headquarters and call center" for the brothels.

Police found a plethora of records on the property on St. Kilda's Road, including maiden names, clients, and fees ranging from £ 60 to £ 70 for a half-hour sex session or £ 100 to £ 120 for a full Hour .

Also on the property were 17 mobile phones and £ 8,000 cash, which are also said to be linked to the operation.

At the beginning of the trial, Gardner told the jury of eight women and four men: “In this case, for example, it is an organized crime group of Chinese nationals who operate a network of brothels in southeast England, but also elsewhere.

Maidstone Crown Court heard that the gang operated a number of brothels in southeast England

Maidstone Crown Court heard that the gang operated a number of brothels in southeast England

& # 39; The organization apparently had a large number of sex workers, since the "business model" for the brothels included a frequent change of sex workers at each location.

"Law enforcement is that each of these women has been involved (in court) in criminal agreements and conspiracies to run or support the operation of these brothels and to convert the money generated by these brothels into bank accounts and money laundering if you wish.

& # 39; Each of these women played a role. Hu by helping her partner perform the operation from her home address; Geng and Wong by providing bank accounts to finance operations and helping Zhang rent real estate. & # 39;

The court heard that much of their phone communication was through a WhatsApp-like app called WeChat.

Wong and & # 39; Leo & # 39; were already discussing business ideas in 2013 and in September 2014 he sent her a message saying: & # 39; The organization needs you. You can be responsible for renting real estate.

“I can hand it all over to you to take care of it, and I can focus on running the business.

"You are looking for people. Everyone takes half of the income. & # 39;

Wong later said that the police paid her a total of £ 12,500 in money from the manufacture of custom jewelry and from her parents in China.

Both she and Geng denied any involvement in brothels or money laundering.

However, Mr. Gardner told the court: “You knowingly helped Leo run the brothels. They knew the true nature of Leo's operations and both helped him acquire rental properties and the substantial amounts that were deposited into bank accounts. & # 39;

Hu was silent during her police interview.

Mr. Gardner said the brothel material found at her home was "everywhere in the house".

& # 39; It was the headquarters of the organization. The reality is that Zhang ran the brothels from here, supported by his partner Hu. It was a call center for the operation. & # 39;

The court heard that a second man, Kai Shao, 63, from Millwall, east London, has also pleaded guilty to being involved in the operation.

He was the housekeeper, receptionist, security guard and babysitter responsible for the prostitutes in two brothels in Tunbridge Wells.

The process continues.

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