Published: 19:10, 07 April 2021
| Updated: 19:19, 07 April 2021
A man has been arrested on suspicion of running a brothel in Gillingham after a series of police raids.
Officers in the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate carried out five warrants at multiple addresses across London and another in north Kent.
It led to a 33-year-old man being detained at an address in the Balmoral Road area of Gillingham on suspicion of keeping a brothel, money laundering and fraud.
He has since been released pending further inquires.
The raids, which were carried out last Wednesday, form part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged management of brothels nationwide.
Kent Police arrested three other people on suspicion of modern day slavery offences following searches at five properties in North London.
A 48-year-old woman, of no fixed address, and a 60-year-old man from the Wood Green area of London, were also arrested on suspicion of keeping a brothel. They have also been released pending further inquiries.
Following the searches, around £4,800 in cash was seized along with two laptops, seven mobile phones and various documentation believed to be linked to the control of prostitution.
Two days later another man attended Kent Police headquarters in Northfleet.
Yuan Hang, 35, of James Gardens, Wood Green, was later charged with conspiring to control prostitution for gain and acquiring criminal property.
He appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Saturday where he was remanded to next appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday May 4.
Kent Police is currently running a marketing and social media campaign in partnership with Crimestoppers UK aimed at raising awareness of modern slavery.
It aims to help members of the public to spot the signs that somebody may be being exploited.
In addition to information and advice posted on the Kent Police and Crimestoppers websites, messages are being shared through organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, parish and town councils and local chambers of commerce.
Leaflets have also been printed in a variety of languages and distributed in those communities where modern slavery and human trafficking offences are most prevalent.