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Brothel charge transgender woman walks free from court

Published in The Evening Times
2nd July 2014


Glasgow
A TRANSGENDER woman who admitted running a brothel from a Glasgow city centre flat has been admonished. Jessy Woods, 24, was at the property in Bath Street when police raided it and found items indicating it was being used as a brothel.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Woods admitted keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel on July 25, last year.

Her former co-­accused Giovanna Bernardo had her not guilty plea accepted.

Sheriff Joseph Platt told her he took into consideration the five days she previously spent in custody for the matter and admonished her.


 
 

 

Human trafficking gang jailed

Published by The BBC
2nd July 2014


London
Four men and a woman have been jailed for conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation. The gang trafficked more than 100 women into the UK, some of whom were forced into prostitution and raped.

Vishal Chaudhary, 35, described as "the boss" was sentenced to 12 years, Krisztian Abel, 33, to 10 years, Attila Kovacs, 33, was given six years and Kunal Chaudhary, 32, got five years.

Szilvia Abel, 24, was sentenced to three years at Croydon Crown Court.

During sentencing Judge Gower said of the gang: "Over a period of six years it exploited hundreds of women and was a sophisticated business. Over the years [it] must have generated hundreds of thousands of pounds."

The court heard Vishal Chaudhary, of Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, was the "leading figure in these conspiracies, the boss" and funded a luxury lifestyle from the crime.

Following sentencing, the boyfriend of one of the victims, told the BBC: "I really wish they could have got a life sentence, because effectively that's what they've done. They've taken people's lives away. They [the victims] don't have any prospects of work or anything like that and now they're completely damaged."

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Rachel Wilson murder case: Man released on bail

Published by The BBC
1st July 2014


Yorkshire
A 55-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a sex worker who went missing 12 years ago has been bailed.

Rachel Wilson had been working in Middlesbrough and was last seen in May 2002.  The 19-year-old's remains were not found until 10 years later in 2012, on the outskirts of the town but police believe she died elsewhere.

Cleveland Police said the man had been released on bail pending further inquiries.
 
Last week, Miss Wilson's mother Tina made a fresh appeal for information on the anniversary of her daughter's remains being found.

A 57-year-old man was arrested in 2003 in connection with Miss Wilson's disappearance but was released without charge.

Links to other sex workers who went missing from the Middlesbrough area have also been ruled out by police over the years.

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