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Canterbury MP warns state is ‘abandoning victims’ as he calls for sentence review and deportation of city brothel keeper

PUBLISHED: 15:08 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 18 April 2017

Julian Brazier

Julian Brazier

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Teng Gao was handed a suspended sentence at Canterbury Crown Court last week

Canterbury MP Sir Julian Brazier has today written to the attorney general asking for a review of a “lenient” sentence handed down to a convicted brothel keeper.

In a letter, Sir Julian says how Teng Gao was smuggled into Britain illegally some years ago before being found guilty of running a brothel at 13 North Lane in the city.

The brothel was reportedly staffed by trafficked women, who complained about being exploited, with of the women alleging that she had been drugged.

Gao was given a suspended sentence by judge Rupert Lowe at Canterbury Crown Court last week, but Sir Julian has called for him to be given a jail term on review, and deported from the UK.

The Conservative said: “If men like this, who prey on the most vulnerable in society are not to be incarcerated, then the state seems to me to be abandoning their victims.

“I would be very grateful if you could use your power to refer this sentence for review.

“A further advantage of a custodial sentence is that it should result in the deportation of Mr Gao.”

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