Brothel connected to organized crime: Cops
Cops busted an alleged bawdy house in a northeast neighbourhood after they raided the residence and arrested eight people on Tuesday night.
One man and seven women of Asian descent were taken into custody after police conducted a search warrant in a Pineridge residence in the 5800 block of 24 Avenue N.E. All eight people were charged with being found in a common bawdy house.
Insp. Shaun Gissing of the organized crime section told reporters a “trick pad,” as it is often called, is a rare find in Canadian cities.
“Fortunately, this type of situation is very rare for Calgary. We’re not that experienced in this type of situation as a police service. While we have seen this situation before it’s just really rare,” Gissing said.
Police were conducting an investigation into the residence for a few weeks after a tip from the community, but said when they conducted the search warrant they found sufficient evidence to support the charges.
“It was sparsely furnished and we found evidence in the home that corroborates that the residence may have been used for prostitution,” he said.
But whether or not the women were victims of human trafficking or willing participants is not known at this time as they will not co-operate with police.
“They just don’t want to co-operate. More often than not, women in these situations are victims and it is difficult for them to break the cycle of prostitution. We’re absolutely still inquiring whether this is human trafficking.”
The women are from China, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong and one arrived in Calgary as recently as Monday. A search also recovered $15,000 in cash and an estimated $40,000 in bank drafts. Police continue to investigate but believe the trick pad is connected to organized crime in the city.
Taekyung Kim, 29, Yun Ting Ikki Ng, 30, Li Ying Kuang, 34, Chi Ping Law, 36, Sok Kin Leong, 21, Jidan Cai, 24, and Mau Thi Tran, 34, and Ming Hei Woo, 45, were all charged with being in a common bawdy house.
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