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Mansfield Woodhouse brothel men escape jail sentences

Published in The Hucknall Dispatch
1st August 2014

Two men who operated a brothel in Mansfield Woodhouse for two years where women sold sex for £100 an hour have escaped jail sentences. Howard Belton and David Morgan both pleaded guilty to being concerned in the management of a brothel on Grove Street, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Belton (56) of Grove street, Mansfield Woodhouse, and Morgan (53) of Redoaks Court, Warsop, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today for sentencing. The court was told their arrests followed an investigation by specialist officers spanning more than two years after an anonymous report to police.

Officers attended the property in Grove Street and established it was operating as a brothel. In July 2012 Morgan was arrested there and inside there was a letter addressed to Belton.

The judge Recorder Sean Smith was told in May 2012 police found two ‘oriental’ women at the premises offering their services as prostitutes. In July 2012 another ‘oriental’ woman was found with a man and she had agreed it was a brothel.

Over a two day period, CCTV footage showed 17 men visiting the house, where prostitutes charged £60 for half an hour or £100 for a full hour of sex.


Dispossessed Fund: I was suicidal when I came here, says sex worker who leapt from abortion clinic window to flee trafficker

Published in The Evening Standard
1st August 2014

As another £1 million is handed out in the latest round of Dispossessed Fund grants, Campaigns Editor David Cohen visits an inspirational project which is using therapy to transform the lives of street-based prostitutes and trafficked women

Psychotherapist Pippa Hockton became aware of the predicament of London’s street prostitutes when a man, referred to her for counselling at the Royal Free in Hampstead, confessed to his favourite vice. “He told me that he liked to go out and knife street prostitutes,” she recalled. “He said that he had never killed anybody but that he got a big kick out of hurting and scaring them almost to death.”

Ms Hockton, 54, the grand-daughter of an Oxford don, never knew for certain whether the sick client was telling her the truth or concocting a lurid fantasy, but that was the trigger moment that put her life on a new track.

She decided to investigate whether there was any specialist mental health provision for street-working prostitutes and discovered that the prevailing wisdom was that their lifestyle was too chaotic to work with.

So she volunteered at Maze Marigold, a drop-in centre in Dalston offering hot food and clean clothing for street-based sex workers — and found that the women had the same capacity to engage therapeutically as anybody else.


Teen forced to work as prostitute after 'witch doctor cast black magic spell'

Published in The Daily Star
30th July 2014

A TEENAGER was forced to sell her body as a prostitute after a witch doctor cast a spell on her, a court heard. The 18-year-old Nigerian girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was told to complete a juju ritual ceremony before being trafficked to the UK.

A man, only known as Jon, told her she would then be able to live in the UK but would be forced to comply with his instructions – or she would be cursed for ever.

Catherine Rabaiotti, prosecuting, told the court: "She was effectively homeless, an outcast from her family, living on the streets. She was befriended by a man she knew as Jon and Jon told her that he had a family in the UK, offering her a way out of her poverty and homelessness in Nigeria."

Ms Rabaiotti explained that "Jon" organised travel documents for the woman and arranged the ritual to so that she would abide by everything he said. She said: "It was a Ju-ju ritual. They import on the person a belief that if they break the promise that they will be seriously cursed and there will be very serious consequences on them. She swore the oath and went through the ceremony."

The Old Bailey heard how on her first day in Britain, the teen was driven to a road near Paddington Station in west London and locked away to wait for sex clients.