Wokingham brothel manager faces deportationBy Victoria Smith
March 29, 2012
A Chinese man is facing deportation after being found guilty of running a brothel in Wokingham as part of a large-scale sex trade enterprise.
The brothel in Peach Street was among a group of 10, including four in Berkshire, run by Kun Yi He – aka ‘Kenny’ – 39, of Hunters Road in Chessington.
Yi He was found guilty of conspiracy to manage brothels on Monday, March 19, following a two-week trial at Reading Crown Court.
He appeared in court again on Tuesday, March 20, where he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
Yi He was arrested during a series of UK Border Agency raids on suspected brothels and addresses linked to them in June 2011.
The raids were part of one of the biggest operations of its kind undertaken in the UK, involving around 150 officers from the UK Border Agency and eight police forces targeting 13 addresses.
Investigations by the Agency’s South East Region Criminal and Financial Investigation team identified Yi He as the head of a network of 10 brothels across the South and East of England.
They included five addresses in Cambridge, four in Berkshire, with two in Maidenhead and one each in Slough and Wokingham, and one in Godalming in Surrey.
All the brothels identified have since been closed down.
Bernadette Ellison, from the UK Border Agency’s South East criminal and financial investigation team, said: “There is no doubt that this individual played a key role in the setting up and running of this wide network of brothels.
“Thanks to the action we took the perpetrator is behind bars, facing deportation and the brothels shut.
“This investigation – and today’s sentence – demonstrates our commitment to tackling the international sex trade, illegal immigration and those who fuel it.”
Anyone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who is sentenced to 12 months or more is automatically eligible for deportation on completion of their sentence.
Two other people charged in connection with the same conspiracy had already pleaded guilty to the same charges.
Ai Ju Su, 35, of Abbey Barn Road in High Wycombe, and Manjit Singh, 35, of Knowl Hill, Maidenhead, will be sentenced at a later date.
Suspected immigration abuse can be reported to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime