Man who ran brothels in Cambridge, Berkshire and Surrey jailed
A man who ran 10 brothels across Cambridge, Berkshire and Surrey has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Kun Yi He, 39, of Chessington, Surrey, was arrested during raids on brothels by UK Border Agency staff in 2011.
The Chinese man was found guilty of conspiracy to manage brothels following a trial at Reading Crown Court.
A UK Border Agency spokeswoman said: "Thanks to the action we took, the perpetrator is behind bars, facing deportation and the brothels shut."
He, formerly of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was identified by the agency as the head of a network of 10 brothels across the south and east of England.
They included addresses in Cambridge, Maidenhead, Slough, Wokingham and Godalming.
The raids were part of one of the biggest operations of its kind ever undertaken in the UK, involving about 150 officers from the UK Border Agency and eight different police forces targeting 13 addresses.
Bernadette Ellison, from the UK Border Agency's South East Criminal and Financial Investigation team, said: "There is no doubt that this individual played a key role in the setting up and running of this wide network of brothels."
She said the investigation, the biggest of its kind in the UK, demonstrated their "commitment to tackling the international sex trade".
Women, mostly Thai and Chinese nationals, were found working at the raided premises. Some of the women have been deported while others have been ordered to report to the UK Border Agency while their cases are considered.
Two other people charged in connection with the same conspiracy have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manage brothels.
Ai Ju Su, 35, of Abbey Barn Road in High Wycombe, and Manjit Singh, 35, of Knowl Hill, Maidenhead, will be sentenced at a later date.
The UK Border Agency's South East Criminal and Financial Investigation team is a specialist unit of police officers seconded from forces across the south east working to investigate organised immigration crime.