The wife of a correctional services officer was yesterday jailed for two years for running a vice den.
Cheung Yuk-ha, 37, was earlier convicted of running a brothel after renting a 1,000 square foot Tsim Sha Tsui flat for mainland prostitutes.
At a hearing held in the District Court earlier this month, Cheung was convicted of running the vice establishment between October and December last year.
However she was acquitted of the charge of controlling others for the purpose of prostitution.
The court heard that Cheung originally rented the flat for her own use.
But she later transformed the premises into several cubicles and rented them to mainlanders - some holding two-way permits to visit the territory - to engage in prostitution.
Cheung also hired an assistant to manage the flat.
District Court judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong described the offense as serious.
About 30 prostitutes were at the premises during a police raid in December.
The court heard that Cheung acted as a "mamasan" for 26 women.
A police undercover officer told the court how he got to know Cheung last October and that she had identified herself as "Rainbow."
She allegedly told him she had lots of girls she could introduce to him at a rate of HK$600 for drinks for two hours.
The rate increased to HK$1,000 if the girl was taken out with that for sex being between HK$1,500 and HK$2,000.