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."