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Man ‘ran human trafficking gang that smuggled Asian women into Britain before forcing them to work as prostitutes in budget hotels’

Published in The Daily Mail
30th August 2017


West Sussex
A bulldog breeder ran a human trafficking gang that smuggled Asian women into the UK and forced them to work as £100-an-hour prostitutes in budget hotels around the country, a court heard. Hong Chin, 45, managed Royal Esher Bulldogs on a country estate in Surrey while raking in profits from 18 sex workers staying in hotels around Gatwick Airport and the South East and South West, it is claimed.

Chin’s former partner Li Wei Gao, 44, allegedly helped to advertise women on ‘adultwork.com’ while she lived near his dog kennel business in Upper Court, Portsmouth Road, Esher. Customers are said to have paid for sex with cash after the pair used false names to reserve hotel rooms for prostitutes they controlled in Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Dorset, Thames Valley and Cardiff.

The Old Bailey heard Chin’s associates Ting Li Lu, 47, and Wing Yeun, 41, helped to run the escort service between February 2013 and June 2015. Chin, Gao and Lu are also accused of trafficking the women from China and South Korea and around the UK for ‘sexual exploitation’.

Prosecutor Dale Sullivan said: ‘The prosecution allege that those three defendants conspired to traffick females for sexual exploitation and they did that in two ways. Firstly, by bringing girls in from outside the UK from China and Korea, but also once they were here they then moved them from point A to point B to C and so on and so forth.’

He continued: ‘Li Wei Gao lived at Upper Court, Portsmouth Road in Esher. The address is within a country estate comprising a large manor house and smaller properties including dog kennels. Hong Chin ran that business.’

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Three people to stand trial over modern slavery and prostitution offences

Published in The Liverpool Echo
29th August 2017


Merseyside
Three people charged with modern slavery and prostitution offences are set to stand trial. Police were called to an address in Warrington following concerns for the welfare of a 20-year-old woman on June 8 this year. Officers attended the property in Winwick Road and as a result of enquiries arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of human trafficking.

Augustin Marin, 46, of Cobden Street, and Ionut Constantina, 39, and Mihaela Constantina, 40, both of Hardy Street, were remanded in custody. All three were charged with offences under the Modern Slavery Act and the Sexual Offences Act and today appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

Ionut Constantina and Marin appeared via video link from HMP Liverpool. Michaela Constantina appeared via video link from HMP Styal for the brief hearing this morning.

All three were assisted by a Romanian interpreter and spoke only to enter not guilty pleas to all of the charges levelled against them.

Both Ionut and Michaela Constantina denied arranging or facilitating the travel of another person, with a view to exploitation, from April to June this year. All three pleaded not guilty to holding a person in servitude and also controlling prostitution for gain during the same time period.

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Police chief’s pledge to tackle prostitution in Dundee

Published in The Dundee Evening Telegraph
28th August 2017


Scotland
A leading police chief said the force targets those who “exploit, control, abuse, force or coerce” others into prostitution. Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, of the national human trafficking unit, said prostitution exists in all communities in Scotland.

He added: “We will continue efforts to identify people who are forced into prostitution. It used to be there would be people coming to an area of a city and picking up prostitutes on the street. These days that is less common. If that initial engagement happens online in someone’s own living room, that is much harder to detect.”

Det Supt Houston also said human trafficking connected to prostitution was often misinterpreted by the public. He said: “There is sometimes a misconception that people trafficked into prostitution are always foreign nationals, but that’s not the case. You can traffic someone from one side of the street to the other and force them into prostitution, and that is still human trafficking.

“In terms of Dundee, you could have someone trafficked from a different part of the city — whether that’s for prostitution, forced labour or some other type of exploitation that is being carried out. Our job is to find out who the people behind that are.

“In terms of prostitution, we have an element of partnership working as well. If the police identify someone involved in prostitution we will look at how they can best be helped and from whom, and find out how they came to be forced into that situation, if that is the case.”