Police arrest three in raid on Tsim Sha Tsui flats converted into one-woman brothels and divans by triads
Vice establishments brought in estimated HK$10 million a month for gangs
Police have arrested two men and a woman after raiding a number of flats in a Tsim Sha Tsui building that had been illegally occupied and converted into one-woman brothels and divans by local triads.
Officers from the Police Tactical Unit and Yau Tsim district descended on the 60-year-old Champagne Court block B on Kimberley Road.
The 10 flats, which had been left vacant after they were acquired by a property developer, were subdivided into a total of 54 cubicles used to accommodate brothels, divans and weapon storage areas.
Assistant Yau Tsim district commander (crime) Law Kwok-hoi said gangsters had illegally taken possession of the flats then leased them out after renovations.
Law said: “The vice establishments alone made more than HK$10 million in criminal proceeds for the gangs each month by a rough estimation.”
A 27-year-old woman from Thailand was arrested for breaching her conditions of stay. A 40-year-old local man was arrested for drug possession, while another local male, 45, was arrested upon being found wanted by the court.
Officers recovered suspected break-in tools including pipes, pliers, hammers and screwdrivers as well as electronic mahjong tables, some illegal drugs and paraphernalia
The flats were locked up again by police.