Nine people, including four prostitutes from mainland China, have been arrested in Hong Kong for their involvement in a sex syndicate that targeted foreigners, SCMP reports.
The syndicate was said to be run by a local couple, aged 56 and 57, who enlisted a 55-year-old tour guide to help them find customers, many of them foreign tourists, police said.
The three were arrested along with two suspected pimps and four women, believed to be working as prostitutes, in a series of raids on Thursday.
…The mainland prostitutes were housed in a flat in Mong Kok and guarded by two pimps, according to police. After receiving orders from the tour guide, the women were brought to hotels for sex and then escorted back to the apartment.
Senior Inspector Tam Man-kei of Mong Kok special duty squad said “Each client was charged HK$1,400 but the syndicate and the tour guide took more than HK$1,000 of this amount.” According to the report, the women were aged between 20 and 23 and “were arrested for breaching their condition of stay, while the rest in the syndicate – all Hongkongers – were arrested for living on the earnings of prostitution.”
As we reported earlier in the year, prostitution and sex trafficking is a major issue in China today. The 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report from the US Department of State classed China as Tier 3, along with Iran, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, and Sudan.
These arrests follow hot on the heels of last week’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s biggest porn website that culminated in 114 people from 38 locations across the territory being taken into custody.
By Maea Lenei Buhre