Ipswich brothel madam jailed

IPSWICH brothel madam Yi Y Geng has swopped prostitution for prison today after promising to pamper punters like never before.

IPSWICH brothel madam Yi Y Geng has swopped prostitution for prison today after promising to pamper punters like never before.

Geng, who ran prostitutes from a flat just outside the town centre, and two Norfolk brothels, was sentenced to 18 months after admitting managing the businesses.

Norwich Crown Court was told the 32-year-old came to Britain from China on a student visa before setting up 'Oriental massage parlours' in Ipswich and Norwich.

The court heard Geng advertised the services of her Ipswich brothel using the slogan “be pampered like you've never been pampered before”.

Police raided the property at Vista Court in Pooley's Yard, near Ranelagh Road, in October last year. However, Geng was not there and could not be found until she was eventually arrested two months later.

Mozammel Hossain, mitigating, said: “It's obvious that there are other players in this case, women like her are exploited by mostly men in this trade. She was being na�ve and is very remorseful.

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“She has not seen much kindness in her life and her English is not very good. It's a very solitary life she leads and she has pleaded guilty.”

The court heard how there was no allegation of human trafficking and that there was no indication that the women were brought to this country forcefully.

Sentencing, Judge Alasdair Darroch said: “Prostitution is degrading to women and brothels are extremely unpleasant for the neighbourhood. We have three offences here and I'm certain that you knew all along that this was illegal.”

The Norfolk brothels had been running for about two years and were discovered following police raids.

After the first swoop in Wherry Road in February 2008 Geng, of Gibbins Road, London, fled to China following her arrest.

She then returned to Norwich to set up a business in Queen's Road, which was raided in September 2008.

During their investigation police found a number of telephones linked to Geng and material which led them to believe she used a number of names.

Geng came to Britain on a student visa and enrolled on a course, but there was no evidence that she was engaged on it for any suitable time.

Angela Rafferty, prosecuting, said: “When police raided the Wherry Road premises they found two Oriental women who were clearly prostitutes and the premises were set up as a brothel.

“Just over �51,000 went through her bank accounts that we say was unexplained and the vast majority of it was paid in by cash.”

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