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Chinese Triad brothels raking in cash from Irish punters

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Chinese Triad brothels raking in cash from Irish punters

A CHINESE Triad brothel business is still operating in Ireland, even though two key players have been put behind bars.

Crime bosses in the Far East are pocketing thousands of euro every week handed over by Irish punters paying for hookers.

A dramatic Garda raid saw officers smash their way into a premises being used as a knocking shop in an operation aimed at breaking the Triad control over brothels in Ireland.

Di Wei and mum of two Chunjie Wang have been jailed for their roles in the sordid sex-for-sale business.

Chunjie Wang

Sources described the pair as middle managers running the operation, in which thousands of euro is wired back to China every week.

This week the criminal gang are still making huge profits from sex for sale services in various locations, according to Sunday World sources.

“It doesn’t look like there was much of an interruption to their business,” a source said.

Many of the mobile phone numbers advertised on an infamous prostitution website also turn up on online classified ads for massage services.

The massage ads feature photos of scantily clad women, despite claiming it is “not a sexual service”.

On the prostitution website the adverts are more explicit, with one hooker making it very obvious what’s on offer.

“I have soft skin and beautiful kissable lips. Along with my long dark hair I have a fabulous figure, very busty, which is all natural,” she writes.

“I offer total discretion. I’m extremely discreet and I will always value and respect your privacy. Discretion is very important to me as it is to you,” she adds.

An X-rated menu of sexual services is also included, with prices starting from €80 for a 30-minute session.

Last week, Chunjie Wang was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to a charge of organising prostitution.

The 35-year-old organised four brothels in Rathmines, Swords, Blanchardstown and Clondalkin for seven months, between January 1, 2011 and July 22, 2011.

Cops raided the Rathmines vice den, where they found €18,000 in cash, along with 19 mobile phones which corresponded with ads on the escort website. Four bank accounts were also linked to her with a total balance of over €27,000, with payments of between €3,000 and €5,000 being sent to China every few days.

It was said in court that Wang worked for Dunnes Stores for nine years before she injured her back and neck. At the time, her husband’s import business was doing badly and the family needed money.

Her lawyer said that she was embarrassed and ashamed and was a devoted mother to her children.

Judge Melanie Greally said the case did not involve the trafficking or exploitation of prostitutes, but that the “seriousness” of it meant she had to impose a custodial sentence.

However, the network Wang helped to operate is the same one organised by convicted brothel keeper Di Wei, who was jailed for two years in 2014.

Hookers

Wei is considered to have been a more senior member of the criminal outfit, according to sources.

He admitted running two vice dens, one in Rathmines and another at an apartment in the Irish Financial Services Centre.

The 32-year-old, who arrived in Ireland on a student visa, rented apartments, posted ads on a website for escorts and collected hookers from Belfast.

Investigators found that €43,000 was lodged to his bank account over five months – with €35,000 withdrawn in Hong Kong and other foreign locations.

Judge Patrick McCartan said it was “a very, very demeaning and exploitative crime” and that the Chinese prostitutes had been “callously exploited”.

The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation kept Wei under surveillance for up to a month before busting four brothels in raids in April 2011.

Gardaí also traced cash from Wei’s bank account to a company called E-designers, which runs the Escort Ireland website originally set up by convicted pimp Peter McCormick.

They had photographed dozens of men each day coming and going from the knocking shops.

Wei had previously been arrested at one of his brothels and video recording equipment was found hidden in a wall, which detectives believe was used to secretly record punters.