Nine people appeared in court yesterday accused of taking part in a HK$40 million operation to provide sexual services at saunas. The District Court heard the nine were arrested during anti-vice operations in Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei in 2004 and last year. The operation was carried out against four licensed massage establishments - Temple Street Sauna, New Crystal Spa, The City Sauna and Princess Sauna. Prosecutor Ken Ng Kin-man said one undercover agent obtained a job as a waiter at Temple Street Sauna while five others posed as customers at the four saunas. Mr Ng said sexual services were provided to the undercover agents 27 times in Temple, 35 times in New Crystal, 24 times in The City and 14 times in Princess. Temple Street sauna owner Lau Hon-keung, 49, and two managers, Ng Lap-yuen 48, and Tse Kam-ching, 37, pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of handling money believed to be generated from indictable offence, involving a total sum of HK$40,151,533. The hearing before District Court Deputy Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai continues today.