Published: 15:00, 30 June 2014 |
Updated: 15:00, 30 June 2014
Two Folkestone women – who ran a brothel called Pussycats – have each received suspended jail sentences.
Police raided the premises in Risborough Lane and discovered manager Sharon Potts, 60, and her assistant Lisa Joy, 50 there.
Prosecutor Kieran Brand told Canterbury Crown Court that on December 11 last year police went to the building which had been advertising in sleazy newspapers and on Internet porn sites as a "massage parlour".
"Nor were there any sales literature relating to massages, “ he added.
Potts later told officers that the double beds covered in PVC were “the massage tables”... although a whip and a pair of handcuffs were also discovered on the counter.
Potts, of Cooling Lane, admitted running a brothel and was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
Joy of Somerset Road pleaded guilty to assisting the running of a brothel and received a four-month sentence suspended for two years.
Both women were also ordered to wear electronic tags for three months preventing them leaving their homes between 9 pm and 7 am and told to each pay £400 by September 5.
Mr Brand added: “The house had the feel that it was being used as a brothel. Potts said she had worked at Pussycats for about a year and was paid £7 an hour.
“She said that Pussycats advertised in The Sport newspaper and on an adult services website, “ he added.
The court heard that girls who worked there were paid £40 for half an hour and £60 for an hour.
“She said that once back in the room what happened between the girl and the customer had nothing to do with her - prosecutor Kieran Brand
Joy said her duties were to take money from the girls and make clients welcome and maintained it had been a massaged parlour.
Mr Brand added: “There is no evidence of girls being exploited and there had been no complaints from neighbours.
“It also seems that nothing is known about the owners, “ he said.
Judge Adele Williams told the two: “Although that is not the case here, there is the potential for the exploitation of girls who work as prostitutes.
“Had it been (the case), then each of you would have gone straight to prison. Let the message go out that those who seek to make a profit out of what is an illegal activity can expect to go to prison in normal circumstances.”
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