|Judge jailed for trafficking
A dog breeder has been jailed for four years after trafficking women across England and Wales on to a "sexual conveyor belt".
Hong Chin, of Royal Esher Bulldogs, has judged at various Bulldog events in recent years, including the Bath and Western Bulldog Open Show and the London Bulldog Society Open Show. His dogs have been shown at Crufts.
He also acted as a dog breeder and offered his dog, Brampton Mister Bullet, at stud. He was careful to whom he offered his stud dog, posting on his Facebook page, 'Just rejected a guy asking for stud from my boy Brampton Mister Bullet coz when I ask him " is your girl KC register? " he reply :"No" I answer him "Sorry mate, can't do it I'm afraid" I think he might call other breeder to ask...I really do hope no one will offer him the mating.'
In order to fund the £1,400 a month he was spending on his daughter's private education Malaysian Chin, 45, organised the prostitution of mainly Chinese women.
He ran his dog breeding business from an estate in Esher, Surrey offering his dogs for sale on various websites. At the same time, along with his lover Ting Li Lu, 47, and the mother of his child Li Wei Gao, 44, he was making thousands of pounds trafficking women for sex. It is believed he made more than £100,000 from the trade.
Sussex Police were alerted to the operation after one of the women reported being debt-bonded. An intensive investigation discovered 18 women from China, Hong Kong and Korea had been exploited for prostitution.
The women would advertise sex services on adult websites and the contact number was taken by the gang who would then use false details to book hotels. Between August 2013 and February 2015 Hong made 92 hotel reservations on Booking.com.
When his home was raided the police discovered £2,900 in cash, 12 mobile phones and notes containing numbers relating to sex work. He claimed he earned the money through dog breeding and judging.
They were used in hotels across southern England and Wales including Maidstone, Cardiff, Brighton, Gatwick, Eastbourne, Southampton, Woking, Exeter, Guildford, Windsor and Bournemouth. Clients paid in cash and some of it was channelled into accounts by Hong and Li.
Their operation was described by the judge at the trial as a 'sexual conveyor belt.'
All the victims have been returned home apart from one who has claimed asylum in the UK.
DI Andy Richardson of Sussex police said: 'I'm delighted with the sentence and I'm delighted we were successful in our application for a slavery and trafficking prevention order against [Hong] Chin, which will stop him exploiting vulnerable women again.'
Ting Li Lu and Li Wei Gao will be sentenced later.