4th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) On 28th November, the police smashed a cross-border prostitution syndicate and arrested a total of 17 prostitutes from Russia, Japan and the Mainland. After an in-depth investigation by the West Kowloon Regional Crime Squad, a 40-year-old local man and a 33-year-old Mainland woman were arrested in Mong Kok and Wan Chai districts respectively last Thursday (12th) and yesterday (3rd) on suspicion of “controlling others with the purpose of causing him to have illegal sexual intercourse with others”.
It is reported that the Mainland woman is the mastermind of the syndicate. When the police arrested the Mainland woman, they seized more than 150,000 Hong Kong dollars in cash, several mobile phones, two Hong Kong ID cards with different names that had been reported lost, and a Taiwan ID card. Therefore, the Mainland woman was also arrested on suspicion of “using another person’s identity card” and “staying in Hong Kong without the authorisation of the Director of Immigration”. She is currently being detained for investigation. The arrested man was released on bail and must report to the police in mid-December.
The police raided 5 target hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui on the same day and smashed the cross-border prostitution syndicate. They arrested a total of 17 hostesses and prostitutes for the crime of manipulating prostitution and violating the conditions of stay, including 4 prostitutes from Japan and Russia. It is reported that the prostitution syndicate had set up a channel on Telegram, uploading photos of the prostitutes, nationality, body shape and other personal information to attract customers. It also listed the services they could provide, and even marketed Russian women as Ukrainian women in order to charge higher fee.