Brothel found at flat above shops

A brothel was discovered at a one-bedroom flat above shops in Walsall following a police swoop, a court heard.

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A nurses uniform, oils and other items linked to the sex trade were found as well as a clients list and details of prices.

A 34-year-old woman caught working as a receptionist for the brothel appeared in court yesterday. Samantha Linton admitted assisting in the management of a brothel when she appeared before Walsall Magistrates. She told officers she hadn’t realised she was committing an offence.

Miss Claire Coley, prosecuting, said police raided the flat in Wolverhampton Road on August 9 this year after suspecting the address was being used for the sex industry.

Once inside they found a CCTV system was in place in the lounge but a lack of food and other kitchen utensils.

A nurses uniform was found hanging up in the bedroom while a search by officers also found a list of clients and prices.

Linton, of Prosser Street, Park Village, Wolverhampton, was working as a receptionist, the court heard.

Magistrates sentenced Linton to a six month community order, with supervision, and 40 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

Mr Sundip Murria, defending, said his client was suffering from financial problems.

He added that Linton, who has no previous convictions, had admitted the offence of assisting in the management of the brothel at the first opportunity.

He said: “Miss Linton’s role was very much as a receptionist.

“Unfortunately for Miss Linton she is a young lady who is in receipt of benefits.

“When an opportunity arose for her to do this job she thought it would assist in those financial difficulties.

“She told police she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong.”