Ipswich: Woman admits she ran brothels
IPSWICH: A woman found with details of sex workers and their prices in a Winnie The Pooh diary has admitted being part of a plot to run a string of brothels.
Shugin Wang pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court to conspiracy to manage brothels for prostitution, including a premises in Ipswich town centre.
The diary was discovered by police when they arrested the 54-year-old, who took out a five-year lease on a Chinese medicine and herbal shop in Upper Orwell Street in July 2006.
Wang is said to have made thousands of pounds from her role in the conspiracy, which also included two brothels in Chalk Hill Road, Norwich, and at Cavendish Hotel in Great Yarmouth.
She had claimed to have worked at the Upper Orwell Street shop for a couple of months as a practitioner of traditional medicine.
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However, during previous court proceedings prosecutor Hugh Vass said: “One of the two bedrooms above was continuously in use by a series of prostitutes to provide sex for paying customers.”
The premises was raided in December 2007.
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The conspiracy relates to the period between July 6, 2006, and February 8, 2008.
Wang, of Great Yarmouth, will now be sentenced with Pin Yi Wang, of Newport, who previously pleaded guilty to managing a brothel between April 2007 and February 2008, and money laundering.
The 52-year-old, who is not related to Shugin Wang, ran the brothel in Ipswich.
After her arrest Shugin Wang claimed that she had sub-let the premises and knew nothing about it being used for prostitution.
Pin Yi Wang told police she had wanted to get out of running the shop when she realised it was being used for prostitution, but did not because of pressure from Shugin Wang.
However, Pin Yi Wang continued to bank large sums of cash at an HSBC bank in Ipswich.
During the police investigation undercover police officers rang the mobile phone numbers contained in advertisements for Chinese and Oriental massage.
They were told they could perform sex acts with young Asian women for �60 per half hour or �100 an hour.
Although Shugin Wang pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge, she entered not guilty pleas to three counts of managing a brothel and a charge of money laundering.
Both women are due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court at a later date.