married couple have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years for sex trafficking from their Westminster home.
Wai Tsang, 53, and Wenwen Pan, 41, both of St Mary’s Terrace, sent women all over the UK in a highly organised prostitution operation.
Tsang, known to his criminal associated as ‘Big Brother,’ was sentenced to five years and eight months’ imprisonment, while Pan was sentenced to six years and eight months’ at Iselworth Crown Court on Friday.
They were both found guilty on Thursday, 26 November following a five-week trial for conspiracy to commit human trafficking, controlling prostitution for gain and possession of criminal property for gain.
Pan was also found guilty of two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
The court had heard that in 2019, a woman aged in her 30s attended Kensington Police Station and claimed that she had been trafficked to England from China in December 2015 and forced to work as a sex worker.
She had stayed at an address in High Street Kensington, which was managed by a Chinese man and woman, whom the informant understood to be married.
She referred to the couple as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Mimi’. They were later established to be Tsang and Pan.
Tsang was the main driver who drove women to ‘outcalls’, which is when they are taken to clients’ houses or hotel rooms.
The couple would charge up top £230 to clients for meetings with the trafficked women.
Descriptions of the couple and their vehicles were given by the informant who picked Tsang out at of an identification procedure.
The jury was told that Pan arranged the clients. Pan would give the sex workers instructions via a messaging application about a client, the address, what they wanted, what was expected, the fee that should be charged and if ‘Big Brother’ was on his way to collect them.
The sex workers were also told to sell drugs, either cocaine or crystal meth, to clients. Pan would tell the women what drug the client wanted and to give it to the client when he arrived. The couple were arrested after officers trailed them in an undercover operation code named Laius. They had 74 mobile phones in their possession when they were detained.
PC Sam Bhangu, from Central West area’s Sexual Exploitation Team, said: “Tsang and Pan were part of a conspiracy directing and controlling the activities of sex workers. They had absolutely no regard for the wellbeing of the women they controlled. They dehumanised them and treated them as objects to be used for their own personal financial gain.
“I’d like to thank the informant for her vital assistance throughout the investigation which ultimately helped us to bring Tsang and Pan to justice and now sees them begin lengthy stints behind bars.”
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