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Man walks free in sex slave case
06 May 2012 --
A Chinese man acquitted of all charges connecting him to a multi-pound sex slave
ring has told of his "nightmare".
The case against Mr Fai Chan from Belfast was dropped this week after the
prosecution offered no evidence against him.
Mr Chan, who had always denied charges of assisting the control of prostitutes
for gain between January 2008 and May 2009, was originally charged with four
Mr Chan described the last three years as a “total nightmare”.
“I had absolutely no knowledge about any of this and I can never express the
damage this has done to me.”
“I am desperate to get on with my life and I am so grateful to my family who
have supported me throughout. It has been a total nightmare and I hope I can
rebuild my life.”
Chan’s solicitor Michael Madden of Belfast legal firm Madden & Finucane said his
client’s “trusting” nature was exploited.
Fai Chan’s acquittal came after three of his co-accused pleaded guilty to
Ex-cop Simon Dempsey, of Newtownards, pleaded guilty to two similar charges and
to entering into an arrangement with another accused, Rong Chen to control
criminal property by lodging monies on her behalf.
Last Monday Chen, with an address in Kidderminster, England, pleaded guilty to
controlling the activities of prostitutes for gain, trafficking people within
the UK, and to entering into an arrangement with Dempsey.
She had faced six other charges arising out of the prostitution ring but the
court did not proceed with them.
A fourth accused Jason Owen Hinton, with the same Kidderminister address as
Chen, also pleaded guilty to charges of aiding and abetting.
Like Chen and Dempsey, he has been released on continuing bail.
The charges arise out of PSNI-led, UK-wide investigation into a Chinese
prostitute ring, which resulted in co-ordinated raids in May 2009 on properties
in both Derry and Belfast.