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Romanian teenager accused of keeping brothel may have fled to homeland

Published in The Telegraph & Argus
9th February 2015

A ROMANIAN teenager accused of keeping a brothel in Bradford may have fled back to her homeland because she feared being locked up in a "horrendous" British jail.  Dorina Teodorescu, 19, failed to show up at Bradford Crown Court for her trial today and Judge Jonathan Rose issued a warrant not backed for bail.

Her barrister, Rebecca Young, said there was no response to letters, phone calls and text messages from her solicitor and she was no longer at her last known address, in Airedale Crescent, Undercliffe, Bradford.

Miss Young told the court : "She was told by her co-accused that she would go to prison and the prisons were horrendous."

Teodoescu was said to be terrified at the prospect and possibly out of the country.

She was set to stand trial for keeping a brothel at Upper Woodlands Road, Bradford, on February 2 last year.

People traffickers shipped out of Scotland to face charges in EU

Published in The Herald
7th February 2015

Three suspected people traffickers have been shipped out of Scotland under European Arrest warrants, new figures show. The individuals - who have not been named - were handed over to authorities in other EU states under fast-track arrangements Eurosceptics want to end. All three were arrested and surrendered under the warrants since 2012, when records began, according to Home Office data obtained by SNP MP Pete Wishart.

Ten European warrants or EAWs for suspected people traffickers in Scotland were sought by law enforcement agencies in other EU nations. Such warrants are often issued for individuals who may not be in Scotland.  The number handed over come on top of 115 immigration and people trafficking offenders surrendered from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to the rest of the EU between April 2009 and March 2014.

UK authorities outside Scotland do not distinguish between immigration and people trafficking offenders. One person was surrended to the UK under an EAW on people trafficking warrant.

Home Secretary Theresa May appeared ready to opt out of EAWs as she tried to placate Eurosceptics on her back benches. However, she backed the measure after major concerns were raised by law enforcement agencies in Scotland and England.

Kenny MacAskill, when Scottish justice secretary, had said she was "jeopardising the administration of justice" in Scotland.  Eurosceptics argue that warrants - which fast-track extraditions - mean Britons in the UK are at the mercy of foreign courts.


Romford pair cleared of running a brothel in central London

Published in The Romford Recorder
6th February 2015

The owner of an Asian beauty parlour alleged to have offered “happy endings” in the heart of London and her partner have been found not guilty of running a brothel. The owner of an Asian beauty parlour alleged to have offered “happy endings” in the heart of London and her partner have been found not guilty of running a brothel.

The Red Lotus Spa, located 150 yards from Bishopsgate Police Station, was said to have raked in £500,000 over two years offering customers extras including “hand relief” and sexual favours. But Owner Min Zhang and her partner Ian Meadows, both of Juliet Mews, Romford, were cleared by a jury at the Old Bailey of running a brothel and possessing criminal property between January 1 2011 and July 18 2013.

The court had heard that on four out of the five occasions undercover police officers posing as customers visited the premises masseurs quoted between £20 and £80 for sexual services. But, the pair insisted the business was a legitimate beauty spa and said adverts posted on Gumtree made it clear sexual services were not offered.

The court had heard £383,000 in cash deposits and £124,00 in card payments were banked between August 2011 and July 2013. Ms Zhang, 38, said that none of the £383,000 paid into her current account came from the spa and said it was money she had brought in from China or won in Leicester Square casinos.

Mr Meadows had told the court the beauty parlour was Ms Zhang’s business and that he helped out occasionally.