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Once again the British justice system is revealed to be about robbing money from sex workers. No trafficking, no coercion, no under-age but a profitable business obviously ripe for the plucking. The police of course will keep up to half this money and the CPS the rest. Nice earner for the government and the police who are supposed to protect the British public….erm of course if your a sex worker they rob you and offer you no protection but that’s OK because they DON’T CARE.
Published on Thursday 6 October 2011 09:23 in the Lancashire Evening Post.
A man who ran a brothel masquerading as a ‘gentleman’s club’ has been told to pay back almost £750,000 of his ill-gotten gains – or face prison.
John Williams Burrows, 63, funded a “lavish lifestyle” from the proceeds of the business, a court heard.
He pleaded guilty in July 2009 to managing the brothel.
And Burrows, of Hough Clough Lane in Chipping, near Preston, was given a 10-month prison term suspended for 18 months.
But now, a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Manchester’s Minishull Street Crown Court has ordered him to pay back £742,759.83.
He must pay in six months or face four years in jail, after which he would still owe the money.
When the Evening Post visited his home, a large converted barn, a woman who answered the door said: “It is all being handled through solicitors and barristers.
“He does not want to make any comment.”
Police raided the World Famous Babes Gentleman’s Club in Worsley Road, Swinton, Greater Manchester in June 2007 following numerous complaints.
During the raid, officers discovered two men engaged in sexual acts with women working as prostitutes.
A search of the club by officers also revealed further evidence it was being used as a brothel.
Since he was sentenced, specialist financial investigators at the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team, part of the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), have examined all of Burrows’ business dealings.
He could now be forced to sell his assets and hand over his savings to meet the POCA ruling.
Other residents in the remote Hough Clough Lane area said they were shocked by the news.
One, who has lived in the area for 10 years, said: “I know him but I don’t know anything about what you are telling me.”
Another, who has lived in the area for 15 years, said: “I saw him recently and he was telling me he had lived here for 24 years.”
Steve Taylor, senior financial investigator at the NW Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: “Brothels are a blight on our communities and we fully understand the concerns of residents who live in or near areas affected by the illegal sex industry. Burrows enjoyed a lavish lifestyle from the exploitation of young women. He has a property portfolio that will now have to be sold to fund this repayment.”
Salford’s Divisional Commander, Chief Supt Kevin Mulligan, said: “This shows that anyone who profits from criminal acts will be pursued through the courts and we will do everything in our power to seize their assets.”