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Pair sentenced over Sussex massage parlour brothels

Ping Hylott (left) and Lihua Na (right)
Image caption The pair were arrested after a Sussex Police raided the brothels

Two Surrey women received suspended jail terms after admitting running several brothels in Sussex.

At Lewes Crown Court Ping Hylott, 48, of Nutfield Road, Redhill, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Lihua Na, 46, of Richmond Road, Redhill, was given a nine-month jail term, also suspended for two years.

Sussex Police said the pair had benefited from financially from several brothels in Sussex.

The force said the two women were arrested in September after police raided brothels in Lewes and Horsham that had been under surveillance.

'Identifying exploitation'

They previously claimed they thought genuine massages were being offered by the women working at the premises.

Hylott pleaded guilty to three charges of brothel keeping and one count of money laundering. Na admitted two counts of brothel keeping and one charge of money laundering on 5 October part way through their trial.

Det Con Nettie Woodland, of Sussex Police, said: "I am pleased with the sentence that Hylott and Na received today.

"Although many people refer to prostitution as the oldest profession in the world managing a brothel is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated here in Sussex.

"It was clear from the investigation and guilty pleas that Hylott and Na were instrumental in the management of several brothels in Sussex and benefited financially from women working there."

He added: "This investigation was not about targeting women who may choose to work in the sex industry for themselves but is about identifying exploitation and bringing to justice those that control, manage and benefit financially from brothels."

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