In 2009, we were instructed by a long established Client to make an Application for Possession of an expensive flat, which they had evidence was being used as a brothel; and to lighten the issue the following is the police report of the officer who attended. The names and and address has been excluded.
“This statement is made in regards to xxxxxxxxxxxxx. I am PCxxxxxx attached to Lancaster Gate Safer Neighbourhood Team. I have been a police officer for eight years and have been at my present post for more than four years. I have made many brothel visits and am experienced in detecting the trappings associated with brothels. On Friday the 3rd April 2009 at about 17.20 hours I, along with PS xxxxxx and PCSO xxxxxx visited the above premises. The reason for our visit was as a response to complaints we had been receiving, stating that the flat was being frequented by many different men, who would often ring the door bells of other flats, leading the neighbours to believe that the flat was being used as a brothel. When I knocked on the door, I soon heard a female voice saying ‘oh my god, it’s the police’. I then called out through the door that it was police and asked for them to open the door. After several moments the door ws opened by a dark haired female who later identified herself as, xxxxxx xxxx xxxxxx, born 04/12/1989.
On my request, Ms. xxxxxx let us in. I then asked if there was anyone else in the flat, and at that moment a male with dark hair, about 5’5” with medium build, came out of the bedroom to the left. I again asked if there was anyone else in the flat. and as I was asking this, a female with blonde hair, which appeared to be a wig, appeared from behind the door. This female later identified herself as xxxxxx xxxxxx born 04/07/1989. I then asked the male to go into the room down the the hall on the right. After he had gone, I asked the ladies who the man was. Ms. xxxxxx replied, saying he was a friend by the name of John, but did not know his last name. During this conversation, I noticed the bed was unmade and that there was a box of tissues on the bed and a couple of tissues scrunched up on the night table next to the left side of the bed. I told the two females that we were visiting because we had complaints from their neighbours, and it was believed that the flat was being used as a brothel. Neither of the females denied nor admitted that they were engaged in prostitution. I then went down the hall, to where the male was standing just inside the kitchen, on the left. I showed him into the lounge where I saw an unmade bed in the far left hand corner of the room as we entered. Immediately to my left was a television and in front of it on the floor were two movie boxes showing pornographic scenes on them.
Before I could say anything, the male said, “yes they were working girls, (a common term used to mean prostitute) and no, my name isn’t John”. I explained to him that, I would have to take his details, but he was hesitant. I noticed that he had a wedding ring on his finger, so assured him that he was not in trouble with us and had not committed any criminal offences. He then gave his name, which I recorded in my pocket book 35K page 29. The male then left and I spoke to the two females, and informed them that their client had admitted that the girls were working girls. The two girls started giggling and Ms. xxxxxx said “we don’t say clients, we call them friends”. I explained to the ladies that they were not committing an offence and that prostitution was not a crime. I further explained that our concerns were for their welfare and that of their neighbours. I then asked whether they were providing their services of their own free will. They just giggled, so I tried to put them at ease and asked again, to which they replied that they were not being forced. It was evident that they were not under age as they produce identification, which I was able to confirm. Name checks were carried out and neither were known to the police. I then told them what the law stated about brothels and that I given the evidence I would be informing their landlord that, the flat was being used as a brothel, which would mean that their lease would be terminated and they would be evicted.”
The result of this case was that we applied for possession, but the tenants vacated before the possession Order was issued.
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