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Suspects deny running brothel in Orford during first court appearance

Published in The Warrington Guardian
13th February 2017


Cheshire
A MAN and woman have denied their involvement in the running of a brothel in Orford. Andrada Barbieru, 21, and Marian Curteanu, 39, of Amelia Street, appeared before Warrington Magistrates' Court today, Monday, where they indicated a not guilty plea to arranging the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain and keeping a brothel for prostitution.

The court heard how the two defendants were detained on February 10 at around 12pm following a raid at a property on Amelia Street. This is following an investigation by Cheshire Police into modern slavery and human trafficking.

It was reported how officers from Cheshire Constabulary arrived at the scene with a Romanian interpreter, Warrington Borough Council health workers and members of Warrington Social Services. Following a search of the property, a large quantity of cash and condoms were discovered. A number of mobile phones were also seized.

Barbieru and Curteanu were taken into custody to be questioned. The victim was taken into the care of authorities where she has been helping police with their investigation.  The two suspects were later charged with the offence.

Prosecutors allege the defendants helped to organise for the 20-year-old victim to travel to the UK from Romania in January after her marriage broke down and she was left homeless.  After arriving in the UK, it is alleged the victim worked as a prostitute but was not paid for her services despite agreeing a '50/50 cut', the court heard.

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The mystery of the murdered Bristol prostitute, who had an alias and two homes

Published in The Bristol Post
12th February 2017


Bristol
The gruesome discovery of a prostitute's body lying half-naked in a pool of blood on a country footpath has led to a mystery that has baffled police for more than 30 years. Linda Guest's body was found on a bridlepath near Frampton Cotterell on Sunday, April 22, 1985 after she had been viciously and repeatedly stabbed with a knife. The 35-year-old's clothing, a blue and white striped mini dress, was found in disarray and she had been the victim of a sexual attack.

Detectives immediately launched a major investigation with 100 officers trying to discover what had happened to the St Paul's mum. But the twisted killer who left Linda dead after the horrific attack has never been found.

A young couple were walking up the pathway, a shortcut leading from Almondsbury and Thornbury to Frampton Cotterell, known locally as Lovers Lane when they found the shocking scene.

Grete Weaver, who lived at nearby Perrinpit Farm, told Bristol Post reporters that a couple had knocked on her door at about 12.30am saying that they thought there had been a rape. She went with them to the scene and found a body lying in the gateway of a field after having been dumped by a killer.

The police investigation revealed it to be the body of Linda Guest, a prostitute who lived at Hepburn Road in St Paul's – at least 10 miles from where she was found.

At first Linda seemed to be a bit of a mystery. Neighbours, who lived in her Churches Housing Association block of flats, had no recollections of a Linda. But the true story behind the sex worker gradually emerged. Her real name was in fact Jackie Waines and she was a mother-of-three.

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Revealed: Number of arrests and cautions for prostitution and vice in North Lincolnshire

Published in The Scunthorpe Telegraph
11th February 2017


Lincolnshire
The number of arrests and cautions for prostitution and vice in the North Lincolnshire area has been revealed. While there have been a number of prosecutions through the courts, some of those arrested for indecent images were given cautions.

Following a Freedom Of Information request made to Humberside Police, figures show that, between 2005 and 2016 there were a total of 13 arrests and seven cautions made for prostitution and vice offences in North Lincolnshire.

Arrests for prostitution/vice:
1 x causing or inciting prostitution for gain, arrested at Humberside Airport in 2016
4 x causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child aged 13-17, arrested on A180 in 2016
1 x soliciting another for the purpose of obtaining their sexual services as a prostitute in a street/public place, arrested in Meredyke, Luddington in 2010
1 x arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, arrested in Warley Road, Scunthorpe, in 2016
1 x arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, arrested A229, in 2016
1 x arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, arrested in Brigg, in 2016
1 x causing or inciting prostitution for gain, arrested in Percival Street, Scunthorpe, in 2016
1 x control prostitution for gain, arrested in Talbot Walk, Scunthorpe, in 2015
1 x control prostitution for gain, arrested in West End Road, Epworth, in 2016
1 x paying for the sexual services of a girl aged 13 to 15 - penetration - arrested in Southside, Winterton, in 2015