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News of raids, prosecutions, robberies, assaults etc from the world of punting


Prostitute's body found in river

Published in The Herald
10th August 1995

POLICE are treating as suspicious the death of a second Glasgow prostitute within two months. However, they are not making any link between the death on Monday night of Ms Marjorie Roberts, 34, and the killing in June of 22-year-old prostitute Leona McGovern, who was battered to death less than half a mile away.

Shortly before eight o'clock on Monday evening, Ms Roberts's body was pulled from the River Clyde near Jamaica Bridge by Mr George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society. Police sealed off the scene while forensic teams scoured the area for clues.

A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday afternoon. A police spokesman said Ms Roberts's death was still being treated as suspicious but at this stage was not being considered a murder.

There was also nothing to suggest a link with the death of Ms McGovern, whose body was found in the grounds of the Glasgow Arts Centre in Washington Street in June -- a third of a mile from where Ms Roberts's body was found.

Last month, murder squad detectives began rounding up prostitutes in Glasgow's red light district. They launched a crackdown on the women who they thought may be shielding a killer but got no response from the prostitutes who work the Anderston area.


Brothel trained runaway girls

Published in The Herald Scotland
21st June 1995

A BROTHEL madame who trained runaway children as call girls was convicted of controlling prostitutes yesterday.

Myra Ling-Ling Forde, 39, taught the teenagers, mostly from a care home, how to talk to clients on the phone and have sex in front of porn films.

She provided them with a lurid price list for their services, Winchester Crown Court was told.

One 13-year-old girl would go straight from school to sell her body at Forde's brothel -- a house in Salisbury, Wiltshire, which she called The Oriental Massage Parlour.The court was told that one 15-year-old had sex with five men at once and lost count of the number of times she sold herself for sex while under Forde's control.

Forde, originally from the Philippines, became a prostitute three years ago when she got behind on her mortgage payments but she denied recruiting young girls for the trade, claiming she was capable of servicing her customers herself.

Hairdresser David Tungatt, 42, was accused of helping to run the trade but claimed he was simply a friend of Forde's and had nothing to do with prostitution. He also was convicted of two charges of controlling prostitutes and also of indecently assaulting one of the girls.

Forde was remanded in custody and will be sentenced today. Tungatt was remanded on bail for pre-sentence reports.

Telephone plea

Published in The Herald
14th June 1995

A CONFIDENTIAL telephone line has been set up by police hunting the murderer of Glasgow prostitute Leona McGovern whose body was found in the grounds of Glasgow Arts Centre in Washington Street 11 days ago

The phone number is 0141-226 4239.