Three charged in connection with vice and money laundering
Three people have been charged in connection with a multi-million pound money-laundering operation involving at least one brothel in Bath.
The two men and a woman were arrested on Monday as part of a regional police operation which saw search warrants executed at 11 properties.
Bin Jun Xie, 35, from London Road, Morden, in London, is accused of conspiracy to control prostitution, while a woman, Hamie Kuong, 42, and another man, Kar Fei Yau, 32, both of Lisle Street, in London, are charged with money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
All three appeared before Bristol Magistrates Court yesterday and were remanded in custody until July 26, when they will appear at Bristol Crown Court.
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The men were arrested as part of the Operation Zephyr regional police initiative against organised crime, which involves five forces including Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Police said the latest investigation was into multi-million pound money laundering associated with the management and control of brothels across the South West, including in Bath and Exeter, and in Redhill, in Surrey. No details of the Bath premises were revealed in court.
Police raided 11 addresses in Warwick, Redhill, London and Nottinghamshire, which resulted in a total of 11 arrests.
They also seized more than £30,000 in cash, high value designer footwear and jewellery.