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'Brothel' workers to remain in UK
A police officer leads a woman from Cuddles
Police say the women's passports were taken from them
Immigration officials have postponed the deportation of six women who were led from a Birmingham massage parlour during a police raid.

They were among 19 women found working at Cuddles last week. Police say the business is a brothel and some of the women may have been forced to be there.

Six of the women had been due to be deported on Wednesday.

But the Home Office said people who have experienced exploitation may need time to "recover and reflect".

This does not mean that the Immigration Service will not pursue the removal of individuals in the future
Home Office spokesperson

"We would not comment on individual cases," a Home Office spokesperson said.

"But where a person has been a victim of trafficking it is recognised that these individuals who have experienced exploitation may initially need time and support to recover and reflect.

"The Immigration Service will not pursue the repatriation of an individual during this initial period.

"This does not mean that the Immigration Service will not pursue the removal of individuals in the future when it is deemed appropriate to do so, but any decision to do so will be after taking into account our obligations under the immigration laws and the unique circumstances of each case.

"All asylums claims are given full and careful consideration based on the individual merits of each case, and where any victim of trafficking is not placed on the Poppy scheme, then Eaves Housing seeks to find another charity to refer them to."

Three people charged

The Poppy project was set up in March 2003 to provide accommodation and support for women who have been victims of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation.

Thirteen of the women freed from Cuddles on Thursday night were released without charge by police.

Three people arrested during the raid on the Hagley Road massage parlour have appeared before Warley magistrates charged in connection with the management of a brothel.

Carl Pritchett, aged 52, was remanded in custody, while Susan Richards, 50, and Nathan Langston, 22, were given unconditional bail on Saturday.

Mr Prichett, of Holbeache Road, Wall Heath, Ms Richards, of Smithy Lane, Brierley Hill, and Mr Langston, of The Parade, Dudley are also charged with a firearms offence.

Mr Pritchett is additionally charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon.

They are all due back in court on Friday.

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