Ex-prostitute mum-of-three who ran UK brothel network slapped with £400k fine

A "madam" who organised and ran a network of brothels across the country must pay back more than £400,000.

Sun Sun Wong, 45, was sentenced to five years in November 2018 for two counts of controlling prostitution for gain, and one count of money laundering.

Wong, a mother-of-three, ran a national network of brothels with workers across the UK, including Cambridge, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

She was snared by police after an officer posed as a client in a sting operation in Cambridge to protect vulnerable women.

Wong, of Birmingham, has been ordered to pay back £444,260.50 after a proceeds of crime hearing, Cambridge Live reports.

At Peterborough Crown Court, Judge Matthew Lowe ordered she had three months to repay the money.

The order comes after specialist financial investigators undertook a probe into the illicit profit Wong had made from her crimes.

Detective Constable Andrew McKeane, who investigated, said: “This POCA hearing today demonstrates that crime doesn’t pay. It has ensured that Wong will be stripped of the profit she made from her crimes, and is a fitting conclusion to the appalling offences she has committed.

“This type of crime affects all walks of life but especially the vulnerable, who turn to the sex industry in their lowest moments.”

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Cambridge Crown Court heard in February 2018 how Wong – a naturalised UK citizen – worked variously as a waitress, masseuse and for more than two years as a prostitute after she first moved to England.

The court heard she later set up brothels in London, Guildford, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, as well as a Cambridge flat.

Undercover officers posing a customers contacted women on adult sites as part of an operation in 2016 to bring the madam to justice.

Investigations revealed that properties they were using was being rented out by Wong and her mobile phone number was linked to the accounts set up in the names of various prostitutes working in Cambridge and Birmingham.

Further work revealed more than £400,000 had been paid into her various bank accounts over a two-year period.

Payments of between £1,500 and £2,500 were often deposited weekly.

Throughout the trial Wong denied any involvement and claimed that a woman named Anita had used her identity to carry out the crimes, but was never able to provide further details to police.

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