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Manchester: Couple ran 'pop-up brothels' from rented houses

Postby admin » 11 Jul 2017, 23:02

A couple operated pop-up brothels in residential areas around south Manchester and employed Eastern European women as prostitutes, a court heard. Alexe Popa and his former partner Gabriela Diac ran four such enterprises from rented premises in Rusholme , Levenshulme and Longsight , a Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing heard.

Popa, 30, was the main organiser of the operation, and Diac, 28, acted as a ‘telephone receptionist’ for potential customers.

The court heard there has been a significant increase in the number of ‘pop-up’ brothels across Greater Manchester. This involves properties being used as a brothel housing prostitutes opening for a short period and then shutting down, then re-opening elsewhere.

Prosecuting, Hugh Barton said: “The main difference between these pop-up brothels is that they are unregulated and are not subject to the same scrutiny by the police as brothels commonly known.”

Police initially suspected there may have been human trafficking involved, but found no evidence of this or that the women, who were adults, were being coerced.

Officers submitted a data protection request to websites Viva Street and Adultwork, where adverts for prostitutes were posted. The investigation linked the profiles of prostitutes on the sites, including women known as ‘Annabel’ and ‘Coco Chanel’, to bank accounts, addresses and phone numbers operated by to Popa and Diac. Potential customers would contact the online profiles and then be directed to the brothel by the defendants.

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