HK Cops Hunt 'Copycat Prostitute Killer'
Updated:10:47, Wednesday March 19, 2008
Police in Hong Kong are searching for a suspected copycat killer after the murders of four prostitutes in the past week, according to reports.
The sex workers, aged 27 to 35, were killed in the city within the space of three days.
Unemployed Nadeem Razaq, 24, from Pakistan, has been charged with three of the murders.
However, local media reports say he has not been charged over the fourth killing, as he was not in the city at the time of the death.
Detectives now fear a copycat killer may be on the loose.
Police spokesman Fai Chau said investigations were continuing and no other arrests had yet been made.
Other local reports said police were interviewing many of the city's sex workers.
The bodies of the murdered prostitutes were found in apartments in the suburban New Territories and in a residential district on Hong Kong island on Saturday and Monday.
Hong Kong law prohibits brothels, but allows prostitution by one woman in one location, such as her flat.
Sex worker organisations have lobbied to change the law to allow at least two women to work together for safety.