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Man avoids jail for running brothel in North La, Canterbury

Postby admin » 18 Apr 2017, 21:35

The only suspicion neighbours had was that the nondescript terraced house near Canterbury city centre appeared to have many visitors. Some thought it was used for student accommodation but in reality it was a brothel – with a regular flow of clients aged up to 70.

As the customers of the Beano cafe tucked into their egg and chips, little did they know that sex was being peddled right next door. It was being run by a Chinese man smuggled into the UK who had told his partner he was running a karaoke bar in the city.

His lies were uncovered when police raided the house at 13 North Lane after a complaint from one of the sex workers who were being “savagely exploited”. As officers arrived to search the premises they saw wipes and condoms being thrown out of the windows, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Teng Gao, who lived there, tried to tell police he thought it was just a massage parlour and had no idea any sex was going on. The Chinese national – who was smuggled into Britain some years ago – later revealed that he had told his partner he was working at a karaoke bar.

But now the 38-year-old, who has since moved to Middlesbrough, admitted assisting in the management of a brothel for seven months on the day he was expected to stand trial. A probation report claimed he was under a lot of financial pressure because of gambling and family debts “and he chose to turn a blind eye” to what was going on.

Judge Rupert Lowe heard that Gao had been “dishonest by telling his partner he was going to Canterbury to run a karaoke business and she was unaware until his arrest”.

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Re: Man avoids jail for running brothel in North La, Canterbury

Postby admin » 24 Apr 2017, 18:10

Calls for the country’s top QC to review the “lenient” sentence for a man who ran a Canterbury brothel are being led by a charity which helps victims of human trafficking. The Medaille Trust is demanding the Attorney General intervene after Chinese national Teng Gao narrowly avoided prison earlier this month.

At Canterbury Crown Court the 38-year-old admitted running a brothel out of a terraced house for at least seven months. Police raided the building when one of the sex workers complained of being drugged and “savagely exploited”, begging one of her clients to alert the authorities. But a judge stopped short of sending Gao directly to jail, instead suspending a year-long prison sentence for 18 months.

Sharon Benning-Prince, a trustee of The Medaille Trust, says Gao should be behind bars. She wrote to Attorney General Jeremy Wright asking him to refer the case to the Court of Appeal “on the basis that the sentencing in relation to the case was unduly lenient”.

She added: “This does not send a positive message to vulnerable women and especially those where language is restricted and there may be potential migrant status issues. This provides a negative message that organised prostitution and exploitation is acceptable.”

Dad-of-two Gao, who has since moved to Middlesbrough, claimed he did not know sex was being sold at the house in North Lane, which neighbours thought was being used for student accommodation.

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