Jail for prostitute Rita Brown who admitted to running a brothel
PROSTITUTE Rita Brown broke down in tears as she was sentenced to eight months in prison.
The 60-year-old, of Seabridge Lane, Newcastle, admitted keeping a brothel for prostitution between July 1, 1996 and February 6 this year – known as Caress in Middleport.
Prosecutor Paul Spratt told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: “Police visited the address on February 6. Present was the defendant, one other lady and a patron of the premises.
“Given the manner of dress of both the defendant and the patron, it was obvious what was taking place.
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“A variety of items concerned with a brothel were found. There were two bedrooms, in each was a list attached of what would be charged for sexual services.
“Brown was arrested and £863 cash was seized.
“In interview, she was quite forward and said she had been running this premises since 1996 or 1997.
“She had a lease since 2004 and said that she paid all the bills, council tax, TV licence, gas and electric.
“She said she had taken £5-a-day from each girl per day, which would be used for running expenses.
“She expressed that she had been running it for 16 years and had no problems.”
The prosecution estimated that assets raised over the period that Caress had been open would be £76,000, a figure disputed by Brown’s defence. However, as Brown has no assets, apart from an 11-year-old Mercedes car, a forfeiture order for £2,873 was granted by the court.
Mitigating, Jason Holt said: “She lost her job and was made redundant so she moved to Stoke-on-Trent and started to work as a prostitute.
“She was concerned with the way people operate and that she might be exploited, so she found this premises and rented it for herself and that was what she intended for some time. Even 16-years ago, she would have been aged 44, coming into this profession.
“Other ladies approached her to work from the premises. They were essentially self-employed. It costs £400-a-week on bills, she could not afford that on her own.
“She accepts she falls foul of the law, but her only intention was to earn money as a prostitute. Police allowed them to work. The money she earned was from prostitution.
“She is quite proud of the business she ran, she would say it is very discreet.
“She takes her profession seriously, she is not in it because of drugs, she is not being exploited or exploiting others.”
Asking the judge not to jail Brown, Mr Holt added: “Even a few months in jail would be catastrophic for this 60-year-old lady with no previous convictions.”
However, Judge Paul Glenn said he had no option other than a custodial sentence. He told her: “You knew you were breaking the law. You see yourself as providing a public service.
“I’m not going to enter into a debate, I don’t make the law, I apply it.”
As she was led away to start an eight-months sentence, Brown broke down, crying and wailing hysterically.