Women deny running brothels for a chinese crime gang
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline. An organised crime gang of Chinese nationals was behind a network of brothels operating across south east England, a court heard.
Properties were rented in LondonEssex and Kent using fake identities and maidstone people falsely claiming to be employed by telecommunications company Huawei. Young women, themselves often Chinese and advertised as 'high quality', were then put to work in the brothels, referred to by those involved as 'shops'.
The organised crime group was said to have 'a large of sex workers' at its disposal and prostitution was a frequent changeover of women. Brothels were located in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, one in nearby Tonbridge, another in Brentwood in Essex and others in Surrey and various parts of London.
Three women, including the partner of the man described as the operation's 'central figure', and gone on trial over their alleged involvement in running the sex houses and laundering the cash proceeds. Shuangyan Hu, 37, Yali Geng, 20, and Pikwa Wong, 27, all deny two offences of conspiracy to keep a brothel between December 31,and July 26, The women are also accused of brothel laundering between the same dates.
Geng, pictured outside the court, denies money laundering and running brothels along with her housemate Wong. Prosecutor Alan Gardner said this was the network's 'principal' into which the money generated by the brothels was paid. At the heart of the conspiracy was Hu's partner, Dongning Zhang, also known as Leo and referred to as 'the boss', who has pleaded guilty to his involvement.
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The court also heard the home he shared with Hu and their young daughter in Harrow, Middlesex, was the 'headquarters and call centre' for the brothels. At the start of the trial, Mr Gardner told the and of eight women and four men: 'This case is about, say the brothel, an organised crime group of Chinese nationals operating a network of brothels, in south east England largely but also elsewhere. Maidstone Crown Court heard the gang maidstone a of brothels across the south east of England. Hu by assisting her partner to run the operation from their home address; Geng and Wong by making bank s available for the prostitution of funding the operation and by assisting Zhang with the rental of properties.
The court heard much of their phone communication was via an app similar to WhatsApp called WeChat.
Chinese 'organised crime gang ran network of 'high-quality' brothels across south east england using fake identities claiming to be employed by huawei', court hears
Wong and 'Leo' discussed business ideas as far back as and in September he sent her a message saying: 'The organisation needs you. You can be in charge of renting out properties. Both she and Geng denied any involvement in brothels or money laundering.
However, Mr Gardner told the court: 'They were knowingly assisting Leo in the running of the brothels. They knew the true nature of Leo's operation and they both assisted him in the acquisition of rental properties and the ificant amounts paid into the bank s.
Mr Gardner said the brothel-related material found at her home was 'all over the house'. It was a call centre for the operation. 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 responsible for acting as housekeeper, receptionist, security guard and 'babysitter' for the prostitutes at two brothels in Tunbridge Wells.
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