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Two men jailed in 'modern-day slavery' trial

Mo Quan Zhou, left, and Meyrick Bramhill-Purchase Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Two men have been jailed for a total of ten years for human trafficking offences and running nine brothels in Derby, Chesterfield and Lincoln.

Derby Crown Court heard the case was one of 'modern day slavery' with vulnerable Chinese and Malaysian women trafficked around the country.

Meyrick Bramhill-Purchase and Mo Quan Zhou were arrested last May and later charged with seven crimes relating to prostitution and modern slavery.

Following a ten-week trial at Derby Crown Court, the pair have now been found guilty of some of the charges and jailed.

Zhou (45), from Derby, was jailed for five-and-a-half years and Bramhill-Purchase (64), from Witham St Hughs, for four-and-a-half years.

Officers unearthed evidence of nine brothels; two in Derby, two in Chesterfield and five in Lincoln. Vulnerable Chinese and Malaysian women were found at the houses, having been trafficked around the country.

Both Bramhill-Purchase and Zhou had rented the properties and paid for adverts on escort websites to attract customers to the brothels.

These two men were controlling oriental women and operating various brothels in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire for their criminality, which was bringing misery to our communities.

These women were very vulnerable. Many of them had over-stayed their visas and were desperate to remain in the UK in order to avoid an even worse existence in their home countries.

This has been a complex investigation into modern slavery and I am pleased both defendants have been found guilty.

– Inspector Harry Rai