Owner held on suspicion of rape and controlling prostitution
Brothel entrance in London. Picture: Cory Doctorow
Police have carried out raids on a number of premises believed to be brothels including one in Hanwell.
At around 8pm on Wednesday, 13 January detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command conducted three search warrants simultaneously at residential properties after receiving information about an escort business. The other two premises were in Holborn and Camden.
The man believed to be the owner of the business, 38-year-old Nurruzaman Shahin of North Villas, Camden has been charged with six counts of controlling prostitution for gain and one count of arranging/facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.
He appeared in custody at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 15 January.
A further two men, aged 28 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking and money laundering. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Vulnerable females from across London were lured into working for the online business as a chance to earn money. However, as part of the recruitment process to get work through the operation it is alleged they were required to have sex with the owner.
The victims are aged between 17 and 26, many of whom are students or have travelled from overseas.
Detective Inspector Mark Rogers, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said, “Our pursuit of criminals targeting vulnerable victims has remained undiminished throughout the pandemic.
“Protecting the vulnerable and bringing those responsible for exploiting others to justice is a key priority for the Met. Through exploitation of vulnerable people, criminal networks can generate revenue for other organised criminality and they need to be stopped.”
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January 16, 2021