Added on 12 January 2018 at 16:05
A couple who ran brothels in locations across the UK, including one in the South West, have been jailed.
Martin Cheetham and Christina Motta admitted running brothels in Bristol, Oxford and Milton Keynes between November 2015 and April 2016.
They also pleaded guilty to controlling prostitution for gain in relation to one woman found in the Bristol address who they created and maintained online escort adverts for and arranged for travel between brothels.
Once identified, the woman was moved to safe accommodation outside Bristol via the Salvation Army’s Modern Slavery Team.
She was one of two women who were passed on to the National Referral Mechanism, a system which helps protect victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Appearing at Bristol Crown Court today (12/1), Cheetham, 42 and Motta, 35, of Milton Keynes, were sentenced to 12 months and 18 months in prison respectively.
Detective Constable Dale Morgan said: “Cheetham and Motta deliberately took advantage of this vulnerable women working in their brothels, making more than £24,000 in four months.
“It is unacceptable they should benefit from their activities and we will seek to confiscate their illegal earnings through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
“It took immense courage for the victim to support our inquiry and I hope these sentences will give other victims of controlled prostitution and modern slavery the strength and belief to come forward.”