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Three sentenced over city brothel
A police officer leads a woman from Cuddles
Scantily-clad women were discovered during a police raid
A 53-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison for running a brothel where 19 foreign women were found in a police raid.

Carl Pritchett, from Holbeache Road in Wall Heath, was described as the driving force behind Cuddles Massage Parlour in Bearwood, Birmingham.

Two others received community service sentences for their roles as a manager and an IT expert and maintenance man.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard the brothel was "highly organised".

Susan Richards, 50, from Smithy Lane, Brierley Hill, who admitted managing the brothel at the start of the trial in July, was sentenced to 250 hours of community service.

When the police arrived, the things they saw and the things they took photos of all point (to) the very obvious truth that Cuddles was a brothel
John Butterfield, prosecuting

Maintenance man, Nathan Langston, 23, from The Parade in Dudley, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

Pritchett will serve just 31 days after being in custody since the raid on the parlour in September last year.

The two men denied being concerned in the management of the parlour in Hagley Road.

The court was told that when the building was raided, police found a couple having sex and scantily-clad women.

John Butterfield, prosecuting, said: "When the police arrived, the things they saw and the things they took photos of all point (to) the very obvious truth that Cuddles was a brothel.

"They found a large number of scantily clad females and in a room a couple having sex."

He said the website for the massage parlour "did not leave much to the imagination".




SEE ALSO
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