Former Deloitte manager guilty of sex trafficking

A former senior manager at Deloitte's Manchester office has been found guilty of sex trafficking at Croydon Crown Court. 

Kunal Chaudhary, formerly of Didsbury, denied any wrongdoing but was convicted of conspiracy to traffic persons into the UK for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to control prostitution and concealing criminal property.

He, and four co-defendants, are due to be sentenced at a later date.

The Manchester Evening News reported how the accountant led a 'double-life', secretly art of a criminal gang which tricked mostly Hungarian women into coming to Britain.

The court heard how many of the women would apply for what they thought were admin, babysitting or cleaning jobs. 

But when they arrived in the UK, they were forced or coerced into prostitution jobs in brothels around London. 

The court heard how the criminal ring controlled at least 120 women with threats of violence and intimidation, and took their passports to control them further. In addition, it heard how flights were booked for at least 120 women, while others picked the women up from Stansted Airport and delivered them to brothels. The traffickers would then charge men £30 to £100 per hour.

A Deloitte spokesperson said: “Kunal Chaudhary is a former employee of the firm. The police have made it clear that these terrible offences were not in any way connected with his employment at Deloitte.

"As soon as the charges were confirmed he was suspended without pay and following his conviction he was dismissed without notice."

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ShirleyM's picture

Why stoop to this?    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

Didn't Deloitte pay him enough and his benefits got capped?

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Shirley, exactly like you    12 thanks

Time for change | | Permalink

I'm absolutely horrified when I hear about these types of crimes.

Whatever punishment is passed on to these "people" and, I use the word very loosely, nothing will alter the damage which will have been inflicted on these women. Days like this I hate to admit I'm a man.

I'm also sorry to say but, in my opinion, these topics will only become more widespread, not less.

Frankly, it wouldn't matter where this person had worked or, at what level - he's now back in the gutter, where he belongs and I hope he stays there for a long time.

Beware    5 thanks

beanzo | | Permalink

"Days like this I hate to admit I'm a man" - Why so? Why should men bear the guilt for crimes committed by a few? Often, female gang members are caught and convicted for similar crimes.

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"Former"?    3 thanks

keithas | | Permalink

I find the "former" a little bit disingenuous: he was dismissed "following conviction". i.e. at the time he committed these offences he was an employee of Deloitte's.

evil    1 thanks

SJH-ADVDIPMA | | Permalink

Not everyone in the gutter is evil as this man.
Pure evil to put your fellow beings through things like this for personal gain.

The only people worth hating    2 thanks

copperfield27 | | Permalink

The only people worth hating are the traffikers and the people using these women's bodies (who are effectively raping them since the women cannot give informed consent).

 

 

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hard to believe    1 thanks

maz444 | | Permalink

I thought things like this were made up for TV dramas like The Vice, never thought it really went on.  Maybe I'm naïve.

Deloitte manager    1 thanks

HUGH W DUNLOP | | Permalink

This would be an excellent topic for Mark Lee's 'I'm not a boring accountant' site.

Flash Gordon's picture

Grey area

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

copperfield27 wrote:

The only people worth hating are the traffikers and the people using these women's bodies (who are effectively raping them since the women cannot give informed consent).

Bear in mind that not all individuals using these services will have any idea that the women / girls are trafficked and therefore I'd be hesitant to suggest that they're all effectively committing rape and certainly that they all deserve hate. Yes, no doubt there are enough who seek them out knowing that they can do what they want to them without reprisal, and therefore I'd consider them thoroughly despicable. But if you think that the woman is providing the service willingly (albeit they might be desperate for money) and there is no reason to suspect otherwise, what are you supposed to do? Most prostitutes are doing the job out of choice; the number of trafficked victims is actually proportionally small (not that it makes it any less of a crime). Personally I believe that prostitution (both the supply and the purchase) should be legalised; it might end up safer for those involved, better access to health services, help getting out of it if they want etc. And all that tax to collect! 

Flash Gordon's picture

Naive

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

maz444 wrote:

I thought things like this were made up for TV dramas like The Vice, never thought it really went on.  Maybe I'm naïve.

Naive? Possibly. But maybe also a decent human being who doesn't feel the need to profit from fellow human beings suffering and therefore wouldn't consider that sort of thing as likely to occur?

Prostitute conviction

Shay Daly | | Permalink

What employee checks were employed by Deloittes prior to recruiting (and probably promoting) this guy?Assuming they did whatever checks were reasonable and proportionate,isn't it typical of the gutter rats in the media that they sought to sensationalise an otherwise boring story.

Interesting issue ...    1 thanks

JC | | Permalink

Believe in the UK people are regarded as innocent until proven guilty, however abhorrent the charge - i.e. a presumption of innocence

With this in mind how should an employer behave and did Deloitte take the right action?

Example: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10910280/Oxford-Union-presi...

Accused therefore guilty?

satprof | | Permalink

As the article says, this individual led a dual life. One might dismiss someone before they have been found guilty by due process, but would run the risk of an action for wrongful dismissal.

Copperfield27

ahingirai | | Permalink

Copperfield27

Please may God take you out of darkness and be able to separate good from evil.Do not be of the flesh..and lust for the dirty, evil and self-destructive money earned by prostitutes etc.On the other hand they need the help of those who have seen the light and they also need protection fron exploitative men who take advantage of the poor, weak,widows and orphans.

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@ ahingirai    2 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Are you saying that Copperfield is wrong for not hating prostitutes too? (I must have missed the bit where they said they were lusting after prostitutes money!) 

At the end of the day prostitutes are providing a service for money, just as we are. Only we get to keep our clothes on. Just because something involves sex doesn't automatically make it wrong. There are (apparently - just in case anyone gets the wrong impression of me! I considered doing my dissertation on prostitution and therefore did some research first) prostitutes who enjoy what they do and actively choose to do it. It's just supply and demand at work. I'll happily admit that it's a different ballgame when it involves women and girls (and sometimes the male equivalents) who are pressurised or forced into it, but it's important to differentiate otherwise you run the risk of trying to crack down on trafficking from the wrong angle. Viewing all prostitutes as lower-class citizens doesn't help anyone. 

flasher gord

SJH-ADVDIPMA | | Permalink

I agree with Gordon the flasher, that it's possible for adults to choose this way of earning and even to enjoy and be empowered by it. However such heinous criminality surrounds it, it's not moral to avail of such services knowing you could be at fair risk of being a party to someone's enslavement. If the government legalised and controlled it, fair enough if that's what floats your boat.

My comments were specifically

copperfield27 | | Permalink

My comments were specifically focused on people (of any sex) forced into prostitution by others - not those who choose to earn money this way.   But I do feel strongly that anyone who uses a prostititute where there is a plausible likelihood that that prostitute is being controlled by others and so not in a position to choose to sell her/his body cannot avoid culpability.        Whilst this may be misconstrued as a racist comment, and is obviously not foolproof,  I would say the accent of the prostitute might be at least a starting point for a potential user of the service  to think about  whether there is a plausible likelihood that the woman is being coerced.   And if there is any likelihood then any man worthy of the name should be disgusted. 

There are so many arguments each way  about legalisation I'm not sure I'm in any position to make a judgement but my inclination is to legalise, protect and tax!

 

 

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@ copperfield

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Totally agree with the culpability issue - if you think there's a reasonable possibility (bit like money laundering!) then you should walk away. I would say also try and do something about it but sadly that's probably easier said than done. Interesting idea on the accent - I'm sure the majority of coerced probably are non-British accents, and those that are British accents are likely under-age so spottable that way. And quite frankly anyone that buys sex from someone who is obviously under-age deserves to be locked up and their activities publicised in prison.