Eight transsexual men among 31 arrested in anti-prostitution and gambling raids

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Eight transsexual men dressed as women for prostitution were among 31 people arrested on Friday on Hong Kong Island as police launched a series of operations to combat illegal prostitution and gambling activities.

Hong Kong Island regional anti-triad unit and Wan Chai police district first sent plain-clothes officers to raid Fuji Building on Lockhart Road and arrested eight men and a woman aged 26 to 36 for breaching their conditions of stay.

The arrestees, all holding Thai passports, arrived about a week ago. It is understood that the eight men are transsexual men who dress as women for prostitution, charging HK$600 to HK$800 for each sexual service.

Officers also seized condoms and mouthwash at the scene.

On the other hand, Wan Chai anti-triad police raided two units located on Hennessy Road and Lockhart Road and arrested a 38-year-old local woman and a 19-year-old non-Chinese girl for managing a vice establishment.

Five other women aged 19 to 45 were arrested for assisting in the management of a vice establishment, breaching their conditions of stay, and breaching the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation.

Officers issued four penalty tickets to them for breaching the Covid curbs, while a 35-year-old male customer was also fined for not wearing a mask and not canning the venue's LeaveHomeSafe QR code.

In North Point, police raided two gambling dens on Fort Street and Cheung Hong Street and arrested a 35-year-old non-Chinese woman and a 39-year-old local man for operating a gambling establishment.

Thirteen customers, including eight men and five women aged 31 to 52, were arrested for gambling in a gambling establishment.

During the operation, officers seized 12 arcade machines, game cards, card readers, and about HK$2,500 in bets.