A travel agency allegedly helped book rooms at four-star hotels for mainland prostitutes, including illegal immigrants, as part of a vice racket.
Police broke up the operation yesterday. They believe it is the first time a travel agency in Hong Kong has been involved in such activities.
A gang arranged for the women to provide sex at the hotels. Their pictures and details were put on a sex website with contact numbers.
Chief Inspector Andy Chan Tin-chu, of New Territories South regional crime unit, said clients were charged between HK$700 and HK$1,000 and each prostitute had more than 10 customers a day. The syndicate had operated for three months and had a monthly turnover of more than HK$2 million, he said.
Sixteen people were arrested yesterday in raids across the city.
A 38-year-old travel agency director and an employee, 45, were nabbed when police raided an office in Mong Kok. Officers seized documents and receipts. Last night police were still looking for another director of the travel agency.
The alleged mastermind, 41, was arrested at a flat in To Kwa Wan. 'The flat was used as its command centre. All calls from clients were transferred to the centre and callers were asked to go to a hotel room for sex,' Chan said.
At the flat, police seized eight mobile phones, HK$28,000 in cash and a computer.
Most of the mainland prostitutes were picked up at three hotels in Tsuen Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.