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Woman charged with sex trafficking at 'Tunbridge Wells brothels'

by William Mata

Woman charged with sex trafficking at 'Tunbridge Wells brothels'

A woman has been charged with a sex trafficking offence following police raids at suspected brothels in Tunbridge Wells.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate arrested Shuangyan Hu, 36, at her home in St Kildas Road, Harrow, on the morning of Wednesday 25 July 2018.

They also seized £8,000 cash from the property.

Ms Hu’s arrest is linked to a warrant at a suspected brothel in Rock Villa Road, Tunbridge Wells, on Thursday 10 May, which resulted in officers identifying a 39-year-old woman whom they believe to have been a victim of sex trafficking.

Another suspected brothel was searched in Lime Hill Road on Wednesday 4 July.

Ms Hu has subsequently been charged with arranging or facilitating the travel of the suspected sex worker with a view to her being exploited, and with possession of criminal property.

She has been remanded in custody and will appear before Medway magistrates on Friday 27 July.

Three other people arrested as part of the same investigation, a 61-year-old man and two women in their 20s, are currently on police bail pending further enquiries.