Prostitute murdered in one-woman brothel

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 November, 2008, 12:00am

A prostitute was killed in a Tsuen Wan flat early yesterday morning - the fifth sex worker murdered in one-woman brothels this year.

The body of the victim, 43, who operated a one-woman brothel on San Tsuen Street and was known as Ah Heung, was found in a flat on the third floor of a residential building at 12.30am. A woman believed to be her landlady made the discovery when she went to check the flat because the lights had been on for a long time, a source at the scene said. The victim was certified dead at the scene.

The woman, surnamed Hui, is the fifth prostitute to have been murdered in the city this year. In March, four prostitutes were killed in Yuen Long, Tai Po and North Point.

Officers said the woman had head injuries and was strangled, and the flat had been ransacked.

The source at the scene said officers seized a blood-stained bed sheet, a blanket, a mirror, a comb and a videotape for further investigation.

The body was removed from the unit at about 6pm. A post-mortem examination will be conducted to identify the cause of death.

Police officers cordoned off the building overnight and conducted surveys in the area to collect more information about the case.

Investigations by the regional crime unit of New Territories South are under way.

A spokeswoman for non-governmental organisation Zi Teng, which provides help to sex workers, said it had already contacted all sex workers who operated one-woman brothels in its Tsuen Wan network and reminded them to be careful.

'We have called them and informed them about this murder case and reminded them to stay alert. We distributed newsletters to our members last week and we visited the unit concerned in the case too,' she said.

'We are still trying to get more information about the victim and the case so that we can share the information with our members and they can better protect themselves when doing business.'

The group is worried that more prostitutes running one-woman brothels could be robbed amid the gloomy economy. 'Desperate robbers tend to target one-woman brothels, as they know these women work alone,' she said. 'We have already recorded three robbery cases involving our members this month.'