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Devon and Cornwall Police warning to sex traffickers

Oranong Biscoe
Oranong Biscoe earned commissions from illegal money transfers

Devon and Cornwall police have warned they will pursue anyone involved in sex trafficking after a woman linked to the trade was jailed for money laundering.

Oranong Biscoe, from Waverley Road, Harrow, Middlesex, was found guilty of two counts of money laundering and one of running an unlicensed bank.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that Biscoe had sent £1.3m, much of it from prostitution in the UK, to Thailand.

She made thousands of pounds charging commission on illegal transfers.

Without people like Oranong Biscoe, traffickers, pimps and others involved in the sex trade, would find it considerably more difficult
Det Insp Ian Tomlinson

A nationwide police investigation started in 2007 after a Plymouth prostitute was rescued by a client who took pity on her.

Police found bank receipts paid into Biscoe's accounts when they raided a brothel in Aberdeen, the court was told.

Biscoe, who was a credit controller for Thai Airways in London, was making a 2% commission on the illegal transfers and was also taking a profit from the currency conversions.

She banked £18,000 from one brothel keeper on one day alone and used a network of couriers to take cash out of Britain to Bangkok on Thai Airways flights.

Det Insp Ian Tomlinson, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said after the case on Thursday: "Oranong Biscoe seemed, on the face of things, to be a respectable member of the community.

'Pursued with vigour'

"The jury found her guilty of laundering the proceeds of organised prostitution which included the monies made by persons found guilty of trafficking the woman rescued in Plymouth.

"Money laundering is a serious crime and it could be viewed that, without people like Oranong Biscoe, traffickers, pimps and others involved in the sex trade, would find it considerably more difficult to operate.

"The residents of the region can be assured that matters of this nature will be pursued with vigour by the constabulary."

Det Insp Tomlinson praised the work of financial investigator Jay Driscoll and DC Rob Clement and thanked Thai Airways for their co-operation.



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