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Edgbaston 'brothel' Studio 189 Closed By Police

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http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edgbaston-brothel-studio-189-closed-10324239

 

Edgbaston 'brothel' Studio 189 closed by police as eight suspected sex workers rescued

 

Woman, 38, from Bartley Green, arrested on suspicion of managing premises for purpose of prostitution

 

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A suspected Edgbaston brothel has been closed down by police in an operation which saw eight 'sex workers' rescued.

Officers swooped on Studio 189 on Hagley Road on October 8 and arrested a woman on suspicion of managing a premises for the purpose of prostitution.

Police say eight women, believed to have been used as sex workers, were taken from the address and 'safeguarded'.

The force has now obtained a closure notice from Birmingham Magistrates Court which will be in place for the next three months.

The order bans anyone from entering the premises without the permission of West Midlands Police or Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Sergeant Pete Sandhu, from the Edgbaston neighbourhood team, said: “We are grateful to members of the local community for sharing their concerns with us…information they supplied led to us shutting this premises down.

"Eight women believed to have been used as sex workers were taken from the address and safeguarded.

"Brothels are often linked to human trafficking, money laundering and other wider organised crime...we have a zero tolerance approach to properties of this type and do all we can to stop and disrupt this activity and bring offenders to justice.

"And, as this example shows, we will always act on the concerns of local residents."

A 38-year-old woman from Bartley Green is on police bail until next month when she will return to a police station for further questioning.

 

 

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The premises seems to have been shut several times under different names in recent times.

 

Not sure what 'zero tolerance approac'h has allowed several other premises to operate over recent decades.

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Yes but perhaps the women in this establishment were mistreated or not willing. 

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Yes but perhaps the women in this establishment were mistreated or not willing. 

 

Yes agreed but the policeman doesn't quite say that.

 

I suppose, thinking about it, that could be what was implied however - point taken and of course those are places that cannot be allowed to continue.

 

A bit blatant as the building was shut once before in one of its guises when it was suggested it was linked in some way to Cuddles where forced women were discovered.

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No I agree but he probably isnt allowed to differentiate in a public statement

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