Four people have been charged with running a prostitution ring in Surrey which saw vulnerable Asian women sold for sex at hotels near Gatwick Airport. The suspects – two men and two female – are suspected of trafficking the women from South East Asia into prostitution at hotels across South East England.

Li Gao , 43, of Silverdale Avenue, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Surrey, has been charged with running a prostitution ring between February 2013 and June 2015. She is also accused of profiting from the trade and possessing criminal money over the same period as well as trafficking vulnerable women for sexual exploitation.

Male taxi driver Wing Yuen, 40, of Palace Square, London, was also charged with running the racket, and profiting from prostitution, while 46-year-old beautician Tingli Lu (female), of Castle Close, Southsea, Hampshire, faces the same charges plus one of trafficking.

Surrey man Hong Chin (male), 44, a breeder, of Portsmouth Road, Esher, faces prostitution, trafficking and money offences. The quartet was arrested on 10 June 2015 as part of an investigation into the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women at hotels around Gatwick and across the South East. None of the hotels were located within Gatwick Airport.

They are all due to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 7 September. Detective Inspector Andy Richardson said: "We are committed, with our partners at the airport, to preventing and detecting human trafficking, and protecting vulnerable victims. We will continue to investigate all reports of human trafficking to bring offenders to justice, and anyone who suspects it is encouraged to come forward."