Prostitution ringleader is jailed
The leader of a prostitution ring that booked hotel rooms in Maidstone for vulnerable women to carry out sex acts has been jailed.
Malaysian Hong Chin and ex-partner 44-year-old Li Wei Gao trafficked women into their prostitution ring between 2013 and 2015 before police shut their operation down.
Along with Chin’s then-lover Ting Li Lu, 47, from Southsea, Hampshire, the pair were convicted of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain by a jury at the Old Bailey.
Chin, 45, made a total of 92 hotel reservations through Booking.com at hotels across Sussex and Kent, including Maidstone. A total of 19 victims, all from South East Asia, were identified and had to perform sexual services for cash. CCTV showed the defendants escorting women to hotels.
The three defendants were convicted of conspiring to control prostitution for gain and conspiring to traffic people for sexual exploitation into the UK.
Chin was jailed for four years at the Old Bailey. Li Lu was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and 50 hours of unpaid work. Gao received a two year jail term, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Hong Chin, Li Wei Gao and Ting Li Lu were involved in a trafficking ring
Li Wei Gao, right, books in a vulnerable woman