Underage girls trafficked to Weston brothel - claim

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 May 2011 | UPDATED: 17:57 16 May 2011

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UNDERAGE girls were trafficked from China for exploitation in a brothel in central Weston, a court has heard.

Chinese national Yanling Yang appeared for a second time at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Friday, and was described as the final link in a human trafficking chain running from the Asian country to Weston.

The 52-year-old Chinese national has been accused with trafficking persons in the UK for sexual exploitation between 2-4 May, and with managing or assisting in the management of a brothel from January 1 – May 4.

Yang was charged with the offences after police launched a high profile operation after being tipped off that the Wadham Street residence was being used as a brothel.

Kerry Scott, prosecuting for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the police launched Operation Jutland three weeks ago and carried out surveyance on the property, before arresting Yang, of Wadham Street, there on May 4.

She added that a young Chinese woman had told officers on May 4 that she had been trafficked from her country to the brothel - a process Miss Scott said took on average 11 months.

Adding that some of the girls at the brothel had been underage, she said: “The crown says that Mrs Yang is the final port of call in the chain of this trafficking, and that she then deals with the girls when they are at this address, and they are prostituted.”

Yang, who spoke through a translator, has denied both allegations of trafficking and managing the brothel, but has admitted that she has worked as a prostitute at the address.

She has been remanded in custody, and will appear at the court again on May 27.

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