Arrest made at Bethnal Green brothel afgter new sex law comes into force
COPS arrested a man under new sex offences legislation when they raided a brothel in Bethnal Green. Officers raided the flat in Bethnal Green Road after they received letters of complaint from neighbours and found two Romanian women in their mid-20s belie
COPS arrested a man under new sex offences legislation when they raided a brothel in Bethnal Green.
Officers raided the flat in Bethnal Green Road after they received letters of complaint from neighbours and found two Romanian women in their mid-20s believed to be working as prostitutes as well as a middle aged woman who they believe was running the brothel.
They arrested a 45-year-old man at the address on Thursday, April 8 using new legislation which came into force on April 1 under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
He was arrested on suspicion of committing a new offence, paying for sexual services of a prostitute subject to force and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
You may also want to watch:
The woman believed to be managing the property was served with a closure notice by the courts after police provided strong evidence that the flat had been operating as a brothel and had become a nuisance to neighbours.
Officers seized evidence including hundreds of 'prostitute postcards' often placed in telephone boxes as 'adverts'.
- 1 Two in five people in Tower Hamlets may have had Covid-19
- 2 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 3 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 4 'Laptop bonanza' for schoolchildren in Poplar to help survive lockdown gloom
- 5 Students in rent strike over Queen Mary's campus staying open during Covid emergency
- 6 Leyton Orient sign Dan Kemp on a permanent deal from West Ham United
- 7 Post deliveries in east London hit by Covid crisis among Royal Mail staff
- 8 Drug and alcohol abuse by Tower Hamlets parents and children soars
- 9 That's so raven: Everything you need to know about the guardians of the Tower
- 10 500 deaf children wait to see if their education needs will be cut by Tower Hamlets Council
Tower Hamlets police's safer neighbourhoods' Insp Stephen Manger said: "The issues surrounding prostitution and why men pay for sex are very, very complex.
"Tower Hamlets Police works with various local agencies in assisting girls who can sometimes become victims but we are robustly tackling those that cause problems to the local community.
"It's not just a couple of working girls in the borough, it's organised crime. There's several premises like this in tower hamlets and the safer neighbourhoods teams are cracking down on these brothels to make the area safe for people who live here.