The rights of thousands of women working as lap dancers are to be tested after a judge ruled that an appeal tribunal
should establish whether Stringfellows employed its performers.
In a newly released decision, the judge in the case, Jeremy McMullen QC granted Quashie permission to take her case against Stringfellow Restaurants Ltd to an employment appeal tribunal in this very unusual case .
The fact that she was regularly rostered to work on pre-arranged days meant, the judge said, that she had an arguable case that she was employed by the club. Stringfellows, which won an unfair dismissal hearing last year, has appealed
against the latest ruling.
The case, which provides an insight into the financial incentives offered and fines imposed on lap and pole dancers, is likely to be heard early next year.
Quashie's solicitor, Shah Qureshi said:
This decision is a small victory for common sense. His Honour Judge McMullen accepted that there were good arguments to support the case that my client was an employee at Stringfellows.
Dancers in clubs are often exploited due to their lack of employment status. The clubs insist on them being self-employed despite the fact that they have obligations like any other employee including the provision of services, set working hours
and financial penalties for not working.
Nightclub owner, Peter Stringfellow, said his company would contest the appeal.
A man has been fined more than £ 29,000 for managing a brothel. he had already been given a
12-month suspended sentence, a 12-month community order and 240 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to a charge of managing a brothel for prostitution back in April.
The victim must pay exactly £ 29,510 within six months of face a default 15-month prison sentence.
A woman from St Albans who ran a brothel has been ordered to pay £ 67,840 under the Proceeds of
Crime Act. She was sentenced at Luton Crown Court in March this year for managing a brothel and money laundering offences. She had pleaded guilty and was given nine months imprisonment.
On November 2 the case was back at Luton Crown Court for the confiscation hearing.
The brothel was run from a flat in Old Watford Road in Bricket Wood, where workers were based and would pay a cut of their earnings.
A Plymouth couple who made £ 200,000 in eight months by running brothels under the guise of an
Asian dating agency have been jailed. They ran establishments in Plymouth and Torquay.
The brothels used women from China, at least one of whom was an illegal immigrant who was deported after her visa expired, but there was no suggestion of any trafficking. Williams set up a website and the couple sent prostitutes to customers'
homes for an enhanced fee.
The couple admitted two charges of brothel keeping and they were both jailed for 12 months by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court. He told them:
For eight months you ran two properties simultaneously from which the business of prostitution was carried out.
It is impossible to quantify accurately the amount of money involved and the police have tried to calculate the level of cash involved, but it is inescapable that £ 30,000 was sent to China.
The financial gain is an aggravating feature. For a significant period you were successfully operating two brothels.
A Thai student who allowed his upmarket flat in Edinburgh to be used as a brothel was sentenced to nine months in prison.
The student who travelled to the UK on a student visa, allowed the Castle Terrace flat to be used by Thai women who used it as a brothel, the court heard.
He had pleaded guilty at the city's Sheriff Court earlier this month that being the tenant, lessee or occupier he knowingly permitted the premises or any part of it to be used as a brothel or for the purposes of habitual prostitution.
Sheriff Paul Arthurson said: You have pled guilty to a serious charge. I am satisfied that I can impose a backdated custodial sentence for a duration of nine months.
A Bala man has pleaded guilty to six charges of downloading extreme pornography involving animals on his laptop.
Dolgellau magistrates were told that the charges against the man were so new that there were no magistrates' court guidelines available.
Tom Morgan Jones, prosecuting, said that three of the charges involved 59 extreme pornography videos involving animals and women, two charges involved extreme images showing serious injury to men's and women's private parts and one charge involved
25 extreme still images.
The Bala man who fell victim to the Dangerous Pictures Act has been placed on a two-year community order and must carry out 250 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to six offences under a new Criminal Justices and Immigration Act.
Alun Humphreys, persecuting, said that three of the charges involved 59 extreme video pornography images involving animals and women, two charges involved extreme images which caused serious injury to men and women's private parts and one charge
involved 25 still images. The accused pleaded guilty to all six charges after the images were found on his computer after a search warrant was executed on 31 March this year.
A couple who trafficked young women into the UK and forced them to work as prostitutes in Chelsea and Earls Court have been jailed.
Sergey Konart was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Ekaterina Kolesnikova to two and a half years after admitting a series of charges including trafficking and controlling prostitution.
Southwark Crown Court was told how Metropolitan police from the Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command arrested the pair in December after raiding five properties - two in Chelsea, two in Queensway and one in Earls Court.
The pair, who were operating as part of a Russian and European organised criminal network, recruited vulnerable young Eastern European women ,promising them well-paid work as waitresses, shop assistants or dancers. Once in the UK, they took the
girls' ID and travel documents. They then held the girls to a debt bond of up to £ 80,000, which they forced them to pay off by working as prostitutes, charging clients up to £
200 a visit. The girls were threatened with violence and plied with ecstasy and cocaine to gain compliance.
A Kendal man has been jailed for five months after admitting possessing extreme pornography showing women engaged in sexual
activities with animals.
Some of the footage found at the home of Gary Sharples was so supposedly disturbing that the policeman given the horrendous task of viewing the footage could not watch it, South Lakeland magistrates were told.
Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court that police searched the man's property while he was in custody on unrelated matters. During the search, police found 22 DVDs containing extreme pornography.
In mitigation, John Batty told the court that Sharples had relocated to Kendal from Greater Manchester, leaving behind family. It is something of a lonely existence, he said: This gentlemen knows what he did was naive and stupid.
Batty said he acknowledged that the threshhold for custody had been passed given the seriousness of the footage but asked magistrates to suspend any sentence of imprisonment because of the defendant's previous good character.
He said Sharples would not wish that anybody featured in the DVDs was harmed and thought the people involved were consenting adults. But magistrates claimed that because the footage was so serious, they had been left with no choice but to
send him to prison.
Sentencing Sharples to 150 days' custody, lead magistrate Peter Benning said: This sentence is passed because of the extreme nature of what was on those DVDs and the level of seriousness - they are right at the top. We have no other option than
to treat this seriously in the way that we have.
Sharples also admitted possessing cannabis resin but he was not sentenced for that offence because of the severity of the other punishment. Magistrates ordered that the DVDs and cannabis resin be confiscated and destroyed.
Police have vowed to eradicate human trafficking after securing the first sentencing for the crime in Scottish history.
Stephen Craig was jailed for three years and four months for arranging travel, accommodation and advertising for 14 women.
His co-accused, Sarah Beukan, was jailed for a year and a half for her part in his human trafficking network.
Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland called it a landmark case , while Detective Inspector Stephen Grant said it should act as a warning to others who are involved in this abhorrent way of life that we are coming to get you .
BUT... then proceed to describe the case further explaining that
Sheriff Sam Cathcart accepted that no pressure or force or threat was directed at any of the individuals involved.
The 23 sex workers involved with Craig's business were from Brazil, Bolivia, Nigeria, Fife, Glasgow, Inverness, Airdrie and elsewhere in the UK. Craig had no part in bringing in the girls in from abroad.
In fact is believed the prostitutes were previously working independently as sex workers before being recruited by the pair.
Craig merely arranged accommodation and travel for the girls to work in his business. Pre-paid credit cards were used to transfer money and pay for the rental of properties, so the women would not carry cash when they travelled. They also provided
accommodation for them to work from, put advertisements in newspapers and online.
In return for this, the sex workers gave Craig a reasonable one third of their earnings.
Craig and Beukan had been running four brothels in Glasgow, at Argyll Street, Wallace Street, Newton Terrace, and Clyde Street. They also ran a brothel in Aberdeen, at James Street, and one in Queens Square, Belfast.
But the prosecutors had the last nasty words:
Sheriff Sam Cathcart told Craig and Beukan there was no alternative to custody. He said that, by their actions, they had exerted control, direction or influence over the movements of the women, but accepted that no pressure or force or
threat was directed at any of the individuals involved.
DI Grant, of Strathclyde Police, said that Craig and Beukan were despicable individuals . Human beings are not products which can ever be bought and sold, and this will never be tolerated.
Frank Mulholland, QC, said: This is a landmark conviction for human trafficking in Scotland and represents the success of close working between police and prosecutors across the UK.
Offsite Comment: Is there really a sex-trafficking epidemic?
Last week Stephen Craig and Sarah Beukan, the first people to be convicted of human trafficking in Scotland, were given the short jail sentences of 40 months and 18 months respectively.
For many of those who followed the case -- which exposed a vice ring that moved prostitutes round the country, between brothels in Glasgow, Belfast and Aberdeen -- it seemed a puzzling conclusion.
In the lead up to the sentencing there were reports of threats and intimidation; a police debriefing described how one witness said Craig had threatened to pour boiling water down her throat . But last Monday, based on the facts provided to
him by the Crown, the presiding sheriff stated that there was no pressure, force or threat on the women. Rather, the pair pled guilty to, and were convicted of, arranging travel, accommodation and advertising for around 15 prostitutes.
It was an offence that was hardly, as Ken Waddell, the solicitor for Stephen Craig points out, what most people consider to be trafficking.
A man convicted of running a brothel (with an unlikely sounding link to trafficking) has been ordered to pay £ 45,000, the Crown Office said.
Lindsey Miller, head of the serious and organised crime division of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, said: Stephen Craig took part in a criminal prostitution operation that spanned the United Kingdom. Today's confiscation order
for £ 45,000 represents the full amount which is available to us at this time from Stephen Craig.
Police who raided a house in Folkestone discovered a fantasyland of sex toys, whips, chains, sex toys and frilly clothes ...
and more than 2,000 condoms.
But a jury at Canterbury Crown Court thankfully found that homeowner Lindy Cruse was not running a brothel.
Persecutor Denzil Pugh told how in March this year police raided the house and discovered a variety of bondage equipment.
Cruse also ran a number of businesses, Matrix Enterprises, Fantasyland, Retro Clothing, and an Internet site called 'Sissies In Frillies'. Cruse said she had placed adverts for Fantasyland in newspapers.
She denied running her home at Victoria Grove, Folkestone, as a brothel and a jury acquitted her.
Cruse told the jury:
I found a niche in the market. I am not classing myself as the norm so I was finding it very difficult to go originally to indulge in any of my fantasies. One of the rooms was set up for domination and bondage which is why it had extra mirrors.
The other room was for people who just wanted to come in and cross-dress.
If I am working and I am doing things of a sexual nature it's for my own actual, personal pleasure. I don't offer sexual ?services. Mine is not sexual, as in having intercourse, but a service for bondage and domination. The sexual side of that
doesn't actually enter into it.
A woman who ran a brothel has been jailed after continuing to trade despite repeated warnings and raids from the police.
Si Man Chan was first warned about running a massage parlour in Lodge Causeway in 2007, then given a written warning to shut up shop in January last year, Bristol Crown Court heard. But four months later undercover policemen posing as punters
visited the premises and found sexual services still on offer.
Chan pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel for the purposes of prostitution between January 20 and June 4 last year, and converting criminal property between November 2006 and June last year. Her partner Brian Davies also pleaded guilty to keeping a
brothel and converting criminal property.
Chan was jailed for two-and-a-half years and Davies was given a 12-month suspended sentence, with 240 hours' unpaid work.
In July 2007 Avon & Somerset police searched the premises and found Chan with two women who were illegal immigrants. A regional crime squad called Operation Zephyr became involved in the investigation and worked with HM Revenue and Customs,
South Wales Police and the Metropolitan Police. Another search was conducted in January last year by policemen from Gloucestershire and the Met.
One woman told them she was working at the brothel because she was in debt bondage to an unknown man in Chinatown, and was moved around the UK to work as a prostitute. But in court, Timothy Rose, defending Chan stressed the case was
not about people trafficking and there was no evidence of sex workers being threatened or coerced.
A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act, to confiscate the cash made by the couple will take place next month.
A man has been banned from the West End after he was caught working as a shop assistant in a Soho porn store.
Edward Squire-Eveleigh was arrested a day after being fined for selling unclassified pornography in the same unlicensed video shop, Seymores in Walkers Court, off Brewer Street.
Victoria Forbes, prosecuting, told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court that the teenager was the only person in the store when police raided it on March 24 this year.
They arrested him and seized a total of 1,065 DVDs, six of which were sent to the BBFC to see if they had been certificated. None had certificates and all were pornographic.
She said that just a day earlier Squire-Eveleigh was fined £ 500 for exactly the same offence .
Cassandra Bligh, defending, said he had only gone back to work in Seymores to earn money to pay off the fine, adding: It was foolish and he accepts that.
Squire-Eveleigh admitted six charges of possessing unclassified video recordings for supply and was banned from the entire City of Westminster for six months from September 5. He was also ordered to pay £ 85 costs.
A newsagent who ran a mail order business distributing supposedly obscene videos and DVDs has been jailed for 11
months at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court.
Ronald Smart was told by Sheriff Shirley Foran that he had shown a complete disregard for his family and the law by committing the offence almost immediately after a previous penalty imposed on him for virtually the same thing.
At an earlier hearing the newsagent admitted selling supposedly obscene videos and DVDs. A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act will be held later.
The court was told that police seized 148 videos and 199 DVDs on February 6, 2009, when they raided his King Street shop in Castle Douglas. They contained supposedly extreme material,and were said to contain lurid films featuring scenes of extreme
'degrading sex acts' including bondage, orgies and other 'obscene' material.
The police had also obtained lists of customers of Smart from computers and police had called at houses and addresses in many parts of the country.
A brothel business was run as both the Toucan Club and the Gourmet Club in Chorley Road, Swinton.
But the real purpose of the club was not discovered until officers executed a search warrant at the club in May 2009. When arrested brothel Madam Vivian Waxford claimed police had known what was going on there. But Minshull Street Crown Court was
told that police were unaware it was being used for prostitution.
Waxford, who pleaded guilty to running a brothel, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours' community service. Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said Waxford had worked there firstly as receptionist and then as manageress of
The court was told Waxman had twice before been before the courts facing offences in connection with running a brothel - once in 1976 and once in 1990.
Saul Brody, defending, said the business, though clearly illegal, had been considerately run, and there had been no suggestion of criminal activity. Brody said Waxman had viewed her girls very much as part of her family. They turned to her for support
with their problems, and she was happy to give it. He said she had always accepted that what she was involved in was running a brothel, but since it closed down, had been in financial difficulties.
Sentencing her, Judge Jeffrey Lewis told her: Clearly you have a view about the activities that were going on at these premises. You don't accept that the law should criminalise such behaviour, and that will be a view shared by many. That is not the
point however. It is an illegal activity.
A community cop caught with animal porn on his computer escaped a prison sentence.
David Harrison was given a 12-month conditional discharge for possessing 19 extreme pornographic images, after the judge said he was just curious .
The ex-police community support officer was prosecuted for the porn after being arrested for sending sexually-explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl for which he is serving a two-year community order.
Basildon Crown Court heard how police seized Harrison's computer as part of their investigation into the texts, and discovered 57 sexual images involving animals on the hard-drive. An 'expert' analysed the pictures and he classed 19 of them as extreme
A probation officer who assessed Harrison ahead of the sentencing described the charges as very serious offences , but Judge Christopher Mitchell said he disagreed. Judge Mitchell said:
I fully accept your explanation that you were curious as to whether this material existed. Before 2008, having this material wasn't an offence and this sort of material relates to adults and animals, not children and animals.
Steven Freeman, who led the Paedophile Information Exchange, admitted charges relating to 3,000 drawings found at his south London home.
The drawings found at Freeman's home, where the group met, were described at the Old Bailey as vile and disgusting . Police found he had been drawing images of children being raped. The harrowing drawings were said to be amongst the worst
seen by police.
The trial was the first under the 2009 Coroners and Justice Act which includes sketches among indecent images.
Police also found about 14,500 pictures and films on computer disks at the home of Freeman and two of the other defendants. Tens of thousands of images were stored on encrypted hard-drives, officers believe.
Freeman pleaded guilty to 10 specimen charges of possessing incident images, three charges of distributing the material and one count of failing to disclose the password for an encrypted computer. He was given an indeterminate term for public protection
with a minimum term of 30 months.
The other defendants were given prison sentences from 12 to 24 months.
Comment: In the shadow of more serious offences
So, the first prosecution under the "Dangerous Cartoons Act" was successful. And as usual in these matters, the police and the CPS have started with the low-hanging fruit. Given the gravity of the other offences these
people were charged with, there is no doubt that no questions were raised about the legality of the Coroner's and Justice Act's provisions to criminalise the possession of drawings with respect to universally accepted and understood principles of freedom
A drawing is a record of a thought, an idea, and the freedom to think and to communicate ideas is essential in a free society. It does not and should not matter that the thought itself may be repugnant to the vast majority of people - what matters should
be the right of people to think what they choose and to communicate those thoughts. If those thoughts then lead to actions then full weight of the law should rightly descend upon them, but the transmission of ideas, even repugnant ones, should and must
remain a fundamental right.
Police withheld evidence that casts a serious question mark over the conviction of a Black Country man who is serving seven years for running a brothel, a court heard.
A judge said he was greatly distressed by the claim that officers did not disclose a witness statement in the case of Carl Pritchett, which suggested prostitutes were working at the Cuddles Massage Parlour in Bearwood voluntarily.
Pritchett's case is now being examined by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and Judge Michael Dudley said he was writing to the country's top prosecutor over the revelations.
Pritchett was jailed for running Cuddles in Hagley Road in 2006. It followed a high media profile raid on the brothel in 2005 when police found 19 foreign women employed as sex workers. At the time, the police claimed to have 'rescued' trafficked girls
but it turned out to be a well run brothel with willing, albeit foreign, girls. But it now appears that the police new before the raid that the girls had been working voluntarily at the brothel.
Pritchett appeared before Judge Michael Dudley at Wolverhampton Crown Court for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Judge Dudley revealed Pritchett had handed him papers at a previous hearing, which he had now read. He said: There is
information in there undermining the conviction, that the police were in possession of a statement revealing people were working in these premises voluntarily 16 days before the raid took place.
He said police had publicised the raid as an operation to rescue women who had been trafficked into the country, and that he was greatly distressed by the documents: I'm pretty sure I was told at the time of the trial there were no statements
from prostitutes that in any way undermined the case. But there patently was, 16 days before the raid. It doesn't necessarily mean the conviction will be overturned but all I know is there is a serious question mark and it's blatant non-disclosure.
Comment: Slightly Contradictory
Press reports from a previous trial with the same judge suggested that Pritchett was jailed for 2 years. It was also established then that the girls weren't trafficked, and that the brothel was well run. Presumably this new revelation is more about the
conduct of the police, rather than what was already apparent about the absence of trafficking.
16th July 2011. Thanks to Alan
I think that the discrepancy arises because Pritchett originally got two years, but then got extra because he didn't cough up the amount of proceeds of crime determined - I know not how - by the court.
A man was given a suspended prison sentence for selling gay porn DVDs from his Leeds home.
Gary Pickard advertised his DVDs in gay magazines during seven years of running the mail order operation. He sold them for between £ 5 and £ 8 each.
Leeds Crown Court heard police discovered around 1,500 DVDs during a raid on Pickard's home.
At Leeds Magistrates Court in March, Pickard admitted using a premises as a licensed sex establishment and five offences of possessing unclassified video recordings for purposes of sale.
Handing Pickard a six month prison sentence suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work, Mr Justice Butterfield told him: The persistency in which you carried out this business suggests to me you require a clear indication from the court of what
is going to happen if you were unwise enough to continue to offend in this way.
A confiscation hearing will be held at Leeds Crown Court at a later date to determine how much Pickard profited from the business.
A 75 year old man who ran two brothels in Leeds has been given a suspended jail sentence.
A court heard that prostitutes operated at Raymond Telford's premises on Kirkgate in central Leeds and Bayswater Road, Harehills.
Judge Alistair McCallum told him: You are coming up to 76 years of age now. I am going to assume that you have probably had enough of this sort of business now.
A clergyman was among the red-faced victims of a police raid of Telford's brothel in Kirkgate. The Harehills brothel was raided on the same day and six prostitutes working at both premises were given police cautions.
Telford received £ 10 from each person who paid to enter the premises for a shower or a sauna and a further £ 10 if they paid for a massage. He was aware that the
premises were being used for prostitution and fantasy purposes. Judge McCallum also gave Telford a three-month curfew order.
Well over the top reporting from This is Tamworth:
An international manhunt has been launched for a Streetly man jailed in his absence for downloading depraved pornographic photos and movies from the internet.
Debt collector Graham Bachelor is believed to have done a runner and fled to Thailand rather than face justice.
Jurors at Stafford Crown Court convicted the man of seven charges of possessing extreme pornography -- pictures of women being tortured and movies showing vile acts too sickening to describe in a family newspaper. Some images included
The jury took only half an hour to find him guilty of all charges at the end of a trial held in his absence.
Bachelor, who previously denied the offences, was sentenced to a 12-month jail term.
Judge Michael Challinor said: The defendant downloaded these images and he was intending to keep them. Those involved in these depraved acts are likely to be harmed, physically and psychologically. My sentence must reflect the disgust of
right-thinking members of society.
Comment: Sanctimonious Twat of the Year
30th May 2011. Thanks to Alan
Hmmm, interesting... The allegedly learned judge and the local rag's reporter seem to be vying for the title of sanctimonious
twat of the year.
What's worrying about this case is that it's the first report I've seen of conviction under the Dangerous Pictures Act by a jury after a contested trial. Hitherto, people have either pleaded guilty or the CPS has thrown the towel in when the
accused got specialist legal advice and defended the case.
Three members of a family have been jailed for their part in a brothel business.
Clyde Standing, his wife Lyubov, and Clyde's son James were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court after setting up and running three saunas which were in fact brothels.
The group from Essex also ran a fourth unconcealed brothel out of a residential flat above shop premises.
The east London venues were open 24 hours a day and exclusively employed women from Eastern Europe, predominantly of Romanian nationality. A total of 17 women were found at the premises and subsequently referred to victim reception centres. [no
suggestion of trafficking though]. Throughout the course of their employment they were expected to work 24-hour shifts, with their time often divided between two of the venues.
The three were sentenced for conspiracy to control prostitution. Clyde Standing was given 18 months imprisonment. Lyubov Stending and James Standing were both given 12 months imprisonment.
Three people who ran a number of brothels across Surrey have been convicted of running brothels.
Ms Morris, together with her partner Michael Jones and their friend Valerie Coster, had all admitted to running the Cloud 9 brothel in Constitution Hill, Woking as well as sites in Guildford and Camberley
Morris was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 2 years and was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work. Her partner, Michael Jones was also sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 180
hours of unpaid work for four counts of using criminal property in connection with the keeping of a brothel.
Valerie Coster received a 16-week jail term, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to assisting in the management of a brothel. She was made the subject of a 12-month supervision order, with the requirement of carrying out 120 hours of
All three entered guilty pleas after failing in an abuse of power case against Surrey Police.
Morris and Jones were arrested when Morris made a 999 call after two men burst into a Woking flat used by Cloud 9. The men were armed with what was thought to be shotguns, and poured petrol around the Park Heights apartment.
Police cordoned off the street as they investigated the matter, only later were Ms Morris and the other defendants arrested on suspicion of brothel keeping.
The court heard how Hanna told officers where her other brothels were as she believed the attackers were heading there and wanted to ensure the women working in them were safe.
All three had their sentences suspended after Judge Suzan Matthews QC described their circumstances as unique . Sentencing, Judge Matthews, said: You were a keeper of brothels and made substantial profits from it. This was a
substantial brothel keeping.
Sean Griffin, a Police community support officer with the Met Police, was arrested after cops found his wife Debbie with four clients at his flat in Stevenage, Herts.
Police seized diaries revealing Griffin's wife has used their rented flat as a mini brothel and been a prostitute for more than 20 years.
The couple used the cash to pay off the mortgage on their home.
Griffin was jailed for nine months at Cambridge Crown Court after admitting money laundering (ie handling the money). He denied a charge of running a brothel and this will now lie on file.
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: The money was put into your bank account which I am told only represents a fraction of the profits.
Judge Hawkesworth jailed Debbie for 16 months for keeping a brothel used for prostitution and converting criminal property and transferring criminal property (ie spending the proceeds).
He said: You have pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel between July 2008 and July 2010 although it is appropriate to point out you have been in that premises from 2005 working on your own. I accept that there was no intimidation or trafficking of girls
it was a very English enterprise but a criminal one and a profitable one.
Judge Hawkesworth also ordered a Proceeds of crime application (Poca) hearing to force the couple to pay back the financial gains from their prostitution business.
The court heard Griffin was suspended from the Met Police after he was arrested in July last year but has now been sacked.
A woman who ran a brothel offering sex for sale in an affluent Birmingham suburb has been given a suspended prison sentence. Shelly's Indulge was set up in St Mary's Row, Moseley, last summer.
Serina Lowin who admitted a charge of managing a brothel, was sentenced to 16 weeks' imprisonment suspended for 18 months.
Judge Rupert Mayo said: The guidelines make it plain that any involvement in prostitution in the way you have admitted is going to lead to a custodial sentence. But he said he had taken into consideration her guilty plea and admissions she made to
Women came in operating on a self-employed basis. Lowin told police she thought there were about 20 clients per day who would turn up and pay for sex.
A Rotherham magistrate has been convicted for the possession of bestiality extreme porn.
Michael Hall was found in possession 230 photographs and 150 videos which were discovered when police raided his home. Some showed women engaging in acts with horses, a donkey, dogs, a gerbil, a frog and a live snake.
Officers acted on a tip-off after discovering the magistrate, whose online activity had raised concerns, had an account on a file-sharing website. (Presumably one noted for this type of material).
Hall was sentenced to a three-year community order which requires him to spend 144 days completing a programme for sex offenders. He was also ordered to pay £ 85 towards court costs and will be supervised by the
probation service for three years.
Hall was appointed to the bench in 2007. He was also a governor at three Rotherham schools. And he was a member of Rotherham Council's Children and Young People's Scrutiny Panel, which is made up of councillors and lay members with links to education or
social care. He has resigned from all these posts.
Sally Sharp, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit in West Yorkshire, told The Star: This case is particularly repugnant, involving multiple charges of possessing extreme pornographic images. The fact the
defendant was a magistrate, and in a position of public authority and trust, is additionally an aggravating feature.
Two men who were found guilty of trafficking a woman and forcing her into prostitution have been sentenced to jail.
Jacek Sokolowski was found guilty in January of trafficking a person with intent to cause her to work as a prostitute and controlling, or inciting, a person to work as a prostitute for financial gain. He was also found guilty of rape and was sentenced to
Tomasz Slabaszewski was also found guilty of the trafficking offence and was ordered to serve two years in prison.
A gang of Southampton robbers had planned to exploit sex workers' vulnerability of being unable to call for police assistance lest they get arrested themselves.
Police had unearthed a list of brothels and other potential victims that were to be targeted by the gang. Officers then visited known prostitutes to warn them they were at risk, and of course immediately arrested 2 potential victims for running a
The pair told officers they rented the flat together to work safely, but from the authorities viewpoint, that made the operation illegal as they were working as a duo.
The operation was revealed as the two women were sentenced at the city's crown court for running a brothel from a Southampton flat. Kim Byrne and Claire Smith worked between 2009 and 2010 by offering themselves for sex from the rented city centre
When police raided their St Michael's Street flat they found mobile phones with text messages confirming appointments and prices. Southampton Crown Court heard they were raided after being warned they could be in danger.
Defending Byrne, Peter Asteris told the court the police were aware of the pair, who had helped them in the past and informed them about an under age Eastern European girl working in the sex trade.
Both admitted charges of assisting in the management of a brothel. Recorder Ian Pringle gave Byrne a 12-month supervision order, while Smith was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Comment: Mr Plod's Piggy Bank
8th March 2011. Thanks to Alan
That's two cases you've mentioned in the last month of coppers going after prostitutes in cases of assault or threatened assault on the women. I wonder if the prospect of proceeds of crime is lighting up Mr Plod's piggy
little eyes yet again?
As for this unpaid work shite, why don't people call it what they did when it occurred in the Soviet block - slave labour? Why are judges such spineless creeps? This was a case which called out for absolute discharge, no
award of costs to the prosecution, and a few sharp words to Mr Plod.
A top judge has queried why a man was prosecuted for possessing supposedly indecent images of children - when the photos were available for sale in a string of respectable mainstream bookshops.
Lord Justice Richards said it was very unfair that Stephen Neal was pursued by the law for having four artistic photo books - which prosecutors claimed contained the lowest level one child porn - when the books' publishers and retailers who
sold them were left alone.
The judge, sitting at London's Appeal Court, said the issue of the pictures' alleged indecency was a legitimate question for a properly directed jury .
But overturning Neal's convictions and clearing his name, the judge added: It is, however, very unfair for a person in the position of Neal to be prosecuted for possession of the photographs in these books in these circumstances. If the Crown
Prosecution Service wishes to test whether the pictures in the books are indecent, the right way to deal with the matter is by way of prosecuting the publisher or retailer, not the individual purchaser .
Following a police search of his home, Neal was convicted of five counts of possessing indecent images of children at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November and received a community sentence.
One of the books was Still Time - containing a varied collection of images by the lauded American photographer, Sally Mann, whose work includes photos of animals, the landscape and her own children. Another title seized was The Age of Innocence
by David Hamilton.
Neal had also been charged with possessing an extreme pornographic DVD, but was cleared of that allegation on the trial judge's direction.
Against this background, it is a matter of surprise that charges were brought against this individual in respect of the pictures, said the judge: It is legitimate to wonder if such charges would have been brought against him but for his
prosecution in relation to the DVD .
Quashing Neal's convictions, he said the trial judge had failed to adequately direct the jury on the correct objective standards to be applied when assessing whether the photos were indecent.
The Crown Prosecution Service's application for a retrial was refused after Lord Justice Richards concluded that re-prosecuting Neal was not in the public interest .
Li Ding was found guilty by St Albans Crown Court of possessing extreme pornography, which he hoped to sell.
But Judge Andrew Bright QC said he had been shocked to discover that Ding had been brought before his court nine years after first being refused permission to stay in the UK in 2002.
The court had heard how Ding made a living selling counterfeit DVDs, including pornography.
He was unanimously convicted by a jury of possessing extreme pornography. He had earlier admitted possessing criminal property.
The judge said: I am baffled how you could be refused political asylum in 2002 and still be here in 2011. The fact is you have been here illegally for a good number of years now.
Passing sentence, Judge Bright told Ding he had been found guilty of a particularly unpleasant offence. Referring to the pornographic DVDs, he told Ding: You were willing to sell them to whoever was willing to buy them. There was a good chance
that they would have fallen into the hands of children who would have been corrupted at the very sight of those images.
Sentencing Ding to 16 months in jail, Judge Bright told Ding that his continued presence in this country was not conducive to public good . He will now be automatically considered for deportation when he has served his sentence but the final
decision will be for the UK Border Agency.
Ian Barnett ran brothels in Altrincham, Cheetham Hill, Levenshulme and Shudehill. He pleaded guilty to four counts of keeping a brothel used for prostitution, three counts of conspiracy to keep and manage brothels for prostitution and one count of
controlling prostitution for gain in 2008 and was jailed for three years and eight months.
Barnett, who had previously been convicted of a similar offence in 2005 and was on a suspended prison sentence, was charged following a report from a 19 year-old Lithuanian woman who was trafficked into the UK by an Albanian crime gang and forced to work
in the brothel at Shudehill.
His wife, Michelle Barnett was also sentenced in 2008 to six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of laundering £ 9,000 of the brothel takings.
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square on Wednesday February 2, found that the Barnett's had made more than £ 5.25m from their crimes. Ian Barnett was ordered to pay
£ 4,000, and Michelle Barnett was ordered to pay back £ 250,890 within 12 months or face three months and three years respectively behind bars.
Pornographic images of sex with animals were downloaded on to a school lap top by a Bradford teacher, magistrates were told.
Evidence of them was later spotted on Stephen Walker's school's lap top by a supply teacher. Investigators found 20 downloaded videos of adult bestiality.
Walker pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing extreme pornographic images. He was sentenced to a 24 months community order and to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £ 85 court
Since the investigation began, Walker had been denied access to his children and had resigned from his job
Paul Ramsay, prosecuting, said links to the images came to light from Walker's emails read when he was on holiday. He was asked to bring his laptop from home and 20 videos of adult bestiality were discovered.
Paul Fitzpatrick, for Walker, said there was no danger that children could have seen them.
Walker was told by the Bench they accepted he was a man of previous good character and the probation service did not consider he was a risk to the public. They understood he suffered great personal consequences including the loss of employment, standing
in the community and access to his children.
A man who kept a brothel in Walsall town centre where police officers found two women wearing provocative clothing and a variety
of sex toys has been jailed for 15 months.
Roger Dell ran Walsall Lush in Stafford Street where sexual services were on offer. Dell admitted keeping a brothel and he was told by Judge John Warner: This is not a court of morals ...BUT... you were breaking the [moral] law
for financial gain.
The maid/receptionist Vanessa Hutchins admitted assisting in the management of a brothel and she was given a six-month jail term suspended for two years with two years supervision.
Gurdeep Garcha defending Dell said there was no evidence he had made mass profits from the operation.
A Kendal man has been jailed for more than three years after blackmailing a respected member of the local community over
his secret gay sex life.
When police searched his home computer they also found 185 images of extreme pornography.
When the extreme pornography was discovered Ellis admitted he had viewed the images, but told police he had done so out of interest rather than sexual gratification. He sometimes works in an environment where such images are shown in an
attempt at building site humour, the court was told.
Judge Peter Hughes QC sentenced Ellis to three years three months imprisonment for the three counts of blackmail and four months imprisonment to be served concurrently for possessing extreme pornography.
In what sounds like a sexed up local newspaper article, it appears that a couple were have been convicted of running a brothel.
The article picks up on associations with trafficking but these doesn't seem to have been born out by the light sentence.
Mark Newbold and his wife Suwadee were given a 24-week sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work each.
The husband and wife were arrested following raids on houses in Reading and Northampton by UK Border Agency. Officers were investigating allegations that women were being controlled by them and moved around the country as
prostitutes and took three women, from Thailand, Lithuania and Brazil, into care.
At an earlier hearing in November last year both had admitted two counts of controlling prostitution for financial gain.
John Donachy, UK Border agency spokesman, said: The Newbolds clearly exploited the women who worked in their premises for substantial personal financial gain. Some of these women had been moved around the UK specifically
to work in the sex industry. A financial investigation is also underway to ensure they don't profit from their crimes.
A businesswoman who ran a string of brothels in Norfolk and Suffolk has been jailed for a year.
Norwich Crown Court heard how the brothels were set up between 2006 and 2008 at the Cavendish Hotel in Princes Road, Great Yarmouth, and a Chinese herbal medicine shop in Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich. A third brothel operated out of a house in
Chalk Hill Road, Norwich.
Shu Quin Wang admitted conspiracy to manage brothels and was jailed for 12 months. Her brother Jian Zhane Wang was found guilty of money laundering for the operation and was jailed for eight months. Pin Yo Wang. from Newport, who admitted
conspiracy to manage brothels, was fined £12,000, which was cash seized on her arrest by police.
The judge accepted that none of the girls working in the brothels had been coerced into prostitution.
A man is on trial for downloading sexually violent porn images known to be staged. He is being prosecuted
under laws banning the possession of extreme pornography.
The charges follow a police raid on Kevin Webster's home and the seizure of his two computers in August 2009.
Webster denies three charges of possessing extreme pornography depicting images likely to result in injury to a person's breast and one similar charge depicting an act which threatens a person's life.
Darron Whitehead prosecuting said:
We know the images were fake, we know it isn't a knife in someone's breast. The question is whether it is realistic or portrayed in that way. You have to be satisfied the people in those images are real. Plainly they are.
The intentions of the persons within those images, the actors and actresses, are irrelevant. It is what is depicted in those images which is material.
Why is there a need for this new legislation? There is a need to regulate images portraying sexual violence, to safeguard the decency of society and for the protection of women.
The trial is continuing.
Update: Not Guilty
7th January 2011.
News of the acquittal reaches Nu Labour HQ
(picture thanks to MichaelG)
Kevin Webster has thankfully been acquitted of the possession of extreme porn images downloaded from Drop Dead Gorgeous featuring on the 'infamous' but popular NecroBabes website.
He was advised in defence by Backlash
, the group leading the campaign against this nasty piece of legilsation. The defence called two expert witnesses, Professor Feona Attwood of Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Clarissa Smith of the University of Sunderland. They are
probably the leading academic authorities in the field, and together wrote the definitive study of how the new law came into being - Extreme Concern: Regulating 'dangerous pictures' in the UK.
In perhaps an important analogy that caught commentators attention, Attwood described the pictures, depicting a knife attack and a drowning in a bath, as like stills from a Hammer horror film of the 1970s,
The case represented an important test of s.63. For the first time (at least in a case of intentional downloading of sexual images) a defendant pleaded Not Guilty; and for the first time a case went before a jury.
Previously, charges of possessing extreme porn have been uncontested. They have also tended to involve images of animal abuse, whose illegality is less controversial, or been charged alongside child porn offences. Here were pictures that were
admittedly consensual and obviously staged, and yet appeared to fall within the definition of the Act. In many ways this was the case that campaigners against the law have been waiting for.
The news came this afternoon that Webster has been cleared. Had he been convicted, it could well have opened the floodgates to many more such prosecutions. Will his acquittal have the opposite effect, and make the CPS think
twice about their own definitions of extreme pornography?
If this illiberal law (which seems unlikely to fall victim to Nick Clegg's much-anticipated Freedom Bill, despite a vociferous campaign to have it repealed) has any justification, then it should be restricted to cases which
appear to feature images of actual sexual violence and abuse. In other words, for realistic to be interpreted as meaning likely to be real . The vast majority of such material, even the most extreme , is however known to be
staged. Some of the participants, indeed, are articulate advocates for their subculture. Several have their own blogs. While fans of the genre, as Clarissa Smith told the court, knew and recognised the regular performers who played dead for the camera. We are dealing with pure fantasy. It's good to know ordinary members of a jury can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, even if the law and its enforcers decide that the distinction doesn't matter.
Prosecutors fail first test case to make mock erotic murder scenes illegal.
Kevin Webster, who downloaded erotic fantasy images with violent themes from the internet, was found not guilty of possession of extreme pornography at Stafford Crown Court today. The jury were asked to decide whether
obviously faked death images were in fact realistic depictions of sexual violence; despite the prosecution having to accept, before the trial even began, that the images were clearly staged . In a victory for common sense and free
speech the jury unanimously acquitted Mr Webster of all charges.
Mr Webster's solicitor Myles Jackman of Audu and Co, who has now successfully defended a number of extreme pornography prosecutions, said: The jury's clear and unequivocal message is a damning blow to the credibility of
the ill-conceived and prurient extreme pornography legislation. It has previously led to the state prosecuting the possession of dirty-jokes; and in Mr Webster's case what were clearly unrealistic high-camp horror fantasy images .
Expert witness Prof Feona Attwood of Sheffield Hallam University described the images in question as less realistic than a British soap opera.
According to Alexandra Dymock of Backlash, the sexual civil liberties organisation who put Mr Webster in contact with his specialist legal team, said: This ill-conceived, insufficiently researched and poorly written law
has now been shown to be not only a waste of valuable legal aid and police resources, but that it is also out of step with the attitudes of ordinary members of the British public in the face of reasonable argument, even if they find the material
Backlash have petitioned the Coalition to include the extreme porn act in the forthcoming repeal bill and hope Mr Webster's case illustrates the need for this repressive and intrusive legislation to be removed from the