A DOG breeder who made more than £100,000 by trafficking women across England and Wales has been jailed for four years.

Malaysian Hong Chin, 45, helped fund his daughter’s private education by organising the prostitution of mainly Chinese women.

Following an Old Bailey trial, Chin was found guilty of controlling prostitution and plotting to traffic for sexual exploitation along with his former lover Ting Li Lu, 47, and his child’s mother, Li Wei Gao, 44.

The court had heard how Chin ran a pit bull dog breeding kennel on a country estate where Gao lived in a converted barn with their daughter.

At the same time, the pair raked in thousands of pounds through the trade in trafficking women for sex work until the operation was shut down by Sussex Police in June 2015.

Police were alerted to the operation in February 2015 after one of the women reported being debt bonded.

Following extensive investigations, they identified 18 women from China, Hong Kong and Korea who were exploited for prostitution.

The women were sent to perform sexual services in hotels in Brighton, Gatwick, Eastbourne and across the south east.

The customers paid in cash on arrival and some of it was channelled into the accounts of Chin and Gao.

The victims have since returned to their home countries, except for one woman who gave evidence in the trial who has claimed asylum in the UK.

Chin, of Dunstall, Burton upon Trent, Gao, of Heathside, Oxshott, and Lu, of Portsmouth, had denied the charges against them.

Detective Inspector Andy Richardson said: “I’m delighted with the sentence.

“I’m also delighted we were successful in our application for a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order against Chin, which will stop him exploiting vulnerable women again.

“It also sends out a clear message that this sort of activity will not be tolerated and that anyone caught doing so will be dealt with robustly.”

Chin was sentenced by Judge Philip Katz QC at the Old Bailey.

His co-accused will learn their fate at a hearing on November 3.