A MAN who ran a brothel in an Ossett sauna has been given a suspended jail sentence.
The brothel was based at Springfield Mill on Spa Street in a sauna business, which was run through a company by Kevin Wrigglesworth, 47.
Prosecutor Richard Wright said: “What is plain from the adverts placed in national and local newspapers, from the website and from footage that captured the clients coming and going and the ladies who were working there, the business was not a sauna in a legitimate sense but was being operated as a brothel.”
Wrigglesworth, of Ridings Way, Lofthouse, admitted three charges of controlling prostitution for gain between 2007 and 2009.
Police later revealed in a statement how officers executed a warrant at Wrigglesworth’s home last year and arrested him for money laundering and controlling prostitution for gain.
They seized two VHS tapes from a safe, which showed men going into the building, paying their money and then going into the back of the premises.
The tapes also showed women working in the building wearing provocative clothing and at other times just wearing towels.
Police also seized 27 pornographic DVDs, a book about the law for sex workers, a number of money-off business cards which said ‘For the discerning gent’ from Wrigglesworth’s home.
John Parry-Jones, mitigating, said Wrigglesworth didn’t set up the business but had finished it voluntarily in 2009.
He said there was no coercion of the women who worked there.
The court heard Wrigglesworth turned a blind eye to what was going on at the sauna as his father had been involved previously as a manager and he didn’t want to believe it was anything other than a legitimate business.
Wrigglesworth was jailed for eight months but the sentence was suspended for a year with a 30-day activity requirement.
After the case Det Insp Fran Naughton, who leads the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Decent people do not want to be living near brothels and by removing this illegal business we are making things better for the people living and working nearby.”
She said police would be looking at the money he earned through crime and would seize his assets in the future by a confiscation order.