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Uber driver pleaded guilty to running Dartford prostitute operation and money laundering

A 41-year-old Uber driver has pleaded guilty to inciting prostitution for gain, running a brothel and money laundering.

Romanian Mario Nicolae ran his business from Downs Avenue, Dartford, between April 1, 2017, and September 19, 2018.

Prosecutor Tom Dunn told Maidstone Crown Court that "it was a commercial enterprise" where Nicolae helped sex workers set up their work, organised telephones and assisted in "very sophisticated on-line advertising".

Mario Nicolae appeared at Maidstone Crown Court
Mario Nicolae appeared at Maidstone Crown Court

But he added that there was no evidence the women had been coerced and they had had "sought him out".

Nicolae - of West Hendon, London - will be sentenced in September after the preparation of a probation report. He was granted bail until the next hearing.

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