'Abduction victim' leads police to triad brothel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 April, 2009, 12:00am

Three mainlanders have claimed that a triad-run racket smuggled them into the city and forced them into prostitution, according to police.

The alleged prostitution ring came to light after one of the women escaped and led police to arrest a suspected pimp and the two other women in a Yau Ma Tei flat early yesterday.

One of the women, aged 22, claimed she got drunk in Shenzhen and was taken to a container truck, then driven across the border on March 30.

'When the woman woke up, she found she was locked in a secret compartment in the vehicle's driving cabin with two other women. There were two men on board,' a police source said.

The woman said she was dropped off in Yau Ma Tei, where the suspected pimp took her to a Tak Hing Street flat that was used as a brothel, believed to have been controlled by the Wo Shing Wo triad society.

'The woman was told that she had no chance of escaping as a pimp would monitor her closely,' the source said. 'She had to hand over all the money she charged her clients until she paid up the HK$10,000 transport fee to be smuggled into Hong Kong.'

The other two women, aged 19 and 24, claimed they were smuggled from Shenzhen on a speedboat and arrived at the brothel on April 1.

The older woman, who was formerly a factory worker in Shenzhen, claimed she was lured to Hong Kong with the promise of a high-paying job, then realised she was to be a prostitute. In the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, she escaped from the brothel and flagged down a taxi, telling the driver to take her to a temple.

'She told us that she hoped a temple or monastery could offer her shelter,' the police source said.

She was driven to Wong Tai Sin Temple, where she was found crying at about 6am. A passer-by took her to a police guard at Wong Tai Sin MTR station. An address printed on a letter she picked up before her escape led officers to the brothel, where they arrested the suspected pimp - a Hong Kong man, aged 42 - and the other two women early yesterday. Yau Tsim district police is investigating the trio's claims.

The three mainlanders were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully staying in Hong Kong, and the man was arrested on suspicion of controlling persons for the purpose of prostitution, living on the earnings of the prostitution of others, and aiding and abetting illegal immigrants.