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‘Brothel’ duo are rebailed

Published in The Northern Echo
10th March 2017


Yorkshire
TWO people arrested on suspicion of running a brothel in York have been rebailed.

The man and the woman, both in their fifties, were arrested in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, at separate addresses in the city.

Police made the arrests following information provided by members of the public that a brothel was being run from a property in the Groves area.
 
 
 
 

'Clearly business was booming' - three men jailed after police raid Blackburn brothel - sex act 'menus' also found

Published in The Lancashire Telegraph
10th March 2017


Lancashire
THREE Romanian men who trafficked women to Blackburn to work as prostitutes have been jailed for a total of 10 years. Preston Crown Court heard how ringleader Cristian Vasile ran three brothels in the town where at least four women worked. Brothers Ionut Stan, 31, and Cristian Stan, 32, managed the ‘day-to-day running’ of the business, taking bookings from punters and acted as bodyguards.

 Judge Mark Brown, The Honorary Recorder of Preston, said the gang were running a ‘profitable business’ with the three men having sent around £70,000 back home to family and friends in the space of 21 months.

The court was told the case is thought to be one of the first in the country where police have managed to secure a conviction against human traffickers without the support of the victims. The case, revolved around two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecutor Michael Mayer told the court how police raided the main brothel in the town’s Accrington Road on May 1 after neighbours reported seeing men entering and leaving throughout the day in night.

Inside officers found the Stans, two women who said they were working as prostitutes, beds in every room of the house and other material associated with the sex trade, including ‘menus’ of the acts the women were willing to perform.

Mr Mayer said: “There were also large quantities of mobile phones in the house which were ringing constantly. Clearly business was booming.”

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23-year-old on trial for Sheffield child prostitution offences is 'truthful' man, court told

Published in The Star
9th March 2017


Yorkshire
A 23-year-old on trial for child prostitution offences in Sheffield is a 'truthful' man who has never forced young girls to have sex with him or others, a court heard.

During her closing speech today, Christopher Whiteley's defence barrister Amanda Denton told Sheffield Crown Court that the version of events the 23-year-old, of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe had given to police had been proven to be correct a number of times throughout the trial.

Whiteley faces 14 charges relating to the alleged rape and sexual assault of four teenage girls, and the conspiracy to rape and arrange child prostitution of another, all of which he denies.

The complainants were aged between 12 and 16 at the time of the alleged offences. Whiteley was aged 13 at the time of the first alleged offence, and was 16-years-old at the time of the final one

Ms Denton called into question the validity of the evidence provided by his victims, none of whom can be named for legal reasons.  She told the court that Girl D, who Whiteley is alleged to have raped on at least four occasions, had given different accounts of what happened with Whiteley when speaking to police and under cross-examination in the trial.

Addressing the jury, she said: "Under interview when asked how often it was just you and him [Christopher Whiteley], she said 'not very many, maybe once or twice'.  How does that sit with what you have on your indictment," continued Ms Denton, referring to the four counts of rape.

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