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Attacker dragged sex worker towards bushes in Leeds during attempted sexual assault

Published in The Yorkshire Evening Post
21st September 2017


Yorkshire
Police are hunting a man who tried to drag a sex worker into bushes in Leeds after she turned down his request to do business. The victim, a 28-year-old woman, was approached by the man near to the junction of Bridge Road and Czar Street in Holbeck at about 10.45pm on Friday.

When she declined his request, the man grabbed hold of her and dragged her across a grassed area to some bushes. The victim managed to break free and ran to a passing vehicle for help.

Now officers are appealing for information about the attempt to commit a serious sexual assault.  Detective Inspector Paul Hobson, of Leeds District CID, said: “This was clearly a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the suspect.  We are very keen to hear from anyone who saw a man fitting the description around the time of the offence or who has any information that could assist our enquiries."

The man was described as white, about 5ft 11in, aged 20 to 25, and skinny. He had some ginger stubble on his face and wore a black jumper with ‘Duffer’ written on the chest in white, blue jeans, and a red and white baseball cap worn backwards.

Det Insp Hobson added: “We are liaising with third sector agencies who work with the women in the area and our colleagues from the local neighbourhood policing team are operating increased patrols of the area to offer suitable reassurance while we our enquiries continue.”

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Madam ran ‘VIP brothels’ in City to pay for her luxury lifestyle

Published in The Evening Standard
20th September 2017


London
A madam who ran a string of “high-end” brothels for City workers to bankroll her luxury lifestyle has been jailed for three years. Graziella Dos Santos McNamee, 38, bought a five-bedroom home in Hertfordshire and holidayed in Gran Canaria with the profits of her prostitution racket. She also drove a Land Rover Discovery and sent her daughters to private school, Blackfriars crown court was told.

Her husband Brendan, 34, collected the takings from each brothel, as well as acting as a handyman and delivering towels and bed linen, the jury heard.

McNamee, a former sex worker, set up the first brothel in 2014 in a rented flat a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. She advertised on her own adult website, City Sensations, offering a £180-an-hour “VIP service” to City worker clients.

The following year she expanded her brothel business by renting two flats in Fleet Street and another in Middlesex Street opposite Liverpool Street station, plus a fourth in Bracknell, Berkshire. The court heard she eventually had 11 bedrooms occupied by prostitutes, with customers arriving every 20 minutes at peak times.

Sex workers either rented a room or handed over half their takings to McNamee. Suspicions were raised by neighbours who saw a stream of men visiting the flat in Middlesex Street, and cleaners at the property in Friar Street found lists of women’s names and prices of services in the rubbish.

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Sussex Police arrest three people for offences linked to prostitution

Published by Sussex Police
20th September 2017


West Sussex
Sussex Police have seized a significant amount of cash and arrested three people for offences linked to prostitution following four house raids in Worthing and Hove on Tuesday (19 September).

A 64-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman, both from Worthing, were arrested on suspicion of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property. A 59-year-old man, also from Worthing, was arrested on suspicion of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property and keeping or managing a brothel used for prostitution. The two men remained in custody on Wednesday morning (20 September) for further questioning. A 49-year-old woman, from Worthing, was arrested on suspicion of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property but was subsequently released without charge.

The warrants in Ham Road, South Street Tarring, Selden Road, Worthing, and Blatchington Road, Hove, were part of an intelligence-led operation aimed at targeting those engaged in organised crime relating to the trafficking of women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

In addition to the arrests, a number of women, believed to be working as prostitutes have been identified and Sussex Police are working closely with other agencies including the Adur and Worthing Councils’ Safer Communities Team and local health providers to ensure that they are given the appropriate level of care and support.

A third man was also arrested on suspicion of paying for services of a prostitute and has been released under investigation.

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