The Oldest Profession




News of raids, prosecutions, robberies, assaults etc from the world of punting


Jealous man laid siege to a massage parlour after discovering his girlfriend with a punter

Published in The Manchester Evening News
2nd April 2017

A jealous man laid siege to a massage parlour after discovering his girlfriend in a room with a punter. Cristian Barbu, 26, went on a violent rampage at Passions, on Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, after being tipped off his girlfriend was secretly working there.

The unwitting punter who had ‘booked’ Barbu’s girlfriend was subjected to a 45-minute, stop-start beating. The man had locked himself in the room – but ‘highly emotional’ Barbu kicked the door down and set upon him, a Manchester Crown Court sentencing heard.

By that stage Barbu had already attacked his girlfriend, who ran from the room nude after realising he was there. She was kicked and chased around the parlour before being dragged across the corridor by her hair.

On first entering the premises demanding to see his girlfriend – slipping past a customer who was leaving – Barbu ripped out the landline, confiscated the receptionist’s phone, and armed himself with a knife from the kitchen. Over the next hour he terrorised staff, his girlfriend and her client, stripping down to his vest and charging to and fro with the knife.

Barbu, of Delaunays Road, Cheetham Hill, has now been jailed for 32 months after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault, possessing a bladed article and criminal damage in the incident on the night of May 3 last year. He faces automatic deportation to Romania, where he has previous convictions for robbery and escape.


Dean and Maya Rogers who ran a brothel in Yeovil hit with £40k 'gangster tax' bill

Published by Somerset Live
31st March 2017

A couple who ran a lucrative brothel in Yeovil have been hit with a £40,000 "gangster tax" bill . Dean Rogers, 47, and Maya Rogers, 54, admitted running the brothel at 126 Hendford Hill in Yeovil between May 2015 and November 2015.

Last November, they were were each given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Now the couple haven been ordered to hand over £40,000 within three months – or get 15 months in prison. The Proceeds of Crime Act allows the authorities to seize villains' ill-gotten gains and hand them to the public purse. It has been nicknamed a "gangster tax".

At a hearing in Taunton Crown Court this week, prosecutor William Hunter told the court the couple estimated they had made £40,000 from their illegal enterprise and could pay the money back by re-mortgaging Maiden Rest - the guesthouse they own on The Esplanade in Weymouth.

Making the confiscation order against the couple recorder Martin Meeke said: "That figure must be paid within three months or the defendants – both of them – will suffer 15 months imprisonment in default."


Brothel owner and accomplices convicted

Published by The Metropolitan Police
29th March 2017

A man who ran a string of brothels, trafficked women and controlled their profiles on adult websites has been convicted of a series of offences. David Archer, 53 (11.06.63) of Northumberland Avenue, Wanstead is awaiting sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to the following offences:
  • One count of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain;
  • Two counts of human trafficking, contrary to section 2 Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • Possession of an Identity Document with improper intention;
  • One count of concealing criminal property.
On Monday, 27 March, Archer was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault following a four-week trial.

Archer's accomplices Emma Cox, 41 (23.11.75), of New Timber Avenue, Worthing and Zobia Taqi, 29 (29.12.87) of High Road, Ilford, both admitted to conspiracy to control prostitution for gain on Friday, 10 February.

All three will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court the same court on a date to be confirmed.

Detective Sergeant John Kirby, of the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Archer exploited vulnerable women to build his lucrative empire in the sex industry over a number of years. The vulnerability of the women and his position of strength created an imbalance which he exploited again and again - financially, emotionally, and in some cases sexually.