A woman from Cradley Heath who began working in a sauna ended up as the ‘maid’ of a high-end brothel in the West End of London, a court has heard.
Jennifer Williams said clients at the brothel at a house in Tower Court, London, were charged £300 an hour per girl – with some men staying ‘for days.’
Williams, aged 31, of Furlong Lane, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to conspiring to manage or assist in the management of a brothel and supplying cocaine.
She was given evidence at the trial of three defendants Raheela Ali, Fadil Hyseni and Ben Disha, all from the London area who have denied involvement in the brothel conspiracy and money laundering.
Williams, who is awaiting sentence, said she was working at a sauna in Birmingham during early 2012 but she then travelled down to London in about March to coincide with the build-up to the Olympics to work as a ‘a working girl’ in Bentinck Street.
They got clients through taxi drivers who would get paid £150 cash for each person they would bring to the house, Warwick Crown Court heard.
West Midlands Police officer Pc Osman Iqbal, aged 36 who is suspended, and three Birmingham brothers, Talib Hussain, 36, Atif Hussain, 26, and Asri Hussain, 24, have also pleaded guilty to the same charges as Williams, as well as money laundering. Iqbal’s sister Raheela Ali Fadil Hyseni and Ben Disha, all from the London area, deny being involved in the brothel conspiracy, while Raheela Ali had also denied conspiring to launder the proceeds.
Raheela’s husband Nassar Ali, from the London area, also pleaded guilty at trial to the brothel conspiracy and conspiring to launder the proceeds and his case was adjourned.
Asked if she had been told anything about drugs when she first went there, Williams said: “Yes there was cocaine available.”
She said she had met Iqbal, and had ‘assumed he was a security guard,’ at the Bentinck Street flat, where she had also met Nassar Hussain, who she knew as Naz.
But she did not meet Asri Hussain until she moved on to a second premises in Tower Court because he had been ‘incarcerated’ when she first went down.
Of the Tower Court premises, Williams said it was a privately rented house where she became the maid around the time the Olympics began.
The girls would arrive for work at about 10pm and the business would operate until six or seven in the morning. Williams was shown a document recovered from Atif Hussain’s home in Birmingham, and explained that it was a list she had made of what the girls had earned and what quantities of cocaine had been sold.