Charged with trafficking for driving a friend between two English towns

In January 2010, a Thai woman was charged with trafficking and brothel-keeping. She worked in a flat with other women where she organised the advertising and paid the rent. She and her husband had given a lift in their car to a sex worker they had known for years, from one town to another in England. Women who worked with her were her friends. She prioritised safety and there was no evidence of force or coercion. She pleaded guilty to ensure that charges also brought against her eldest daughter would be dropped. She and her husband then had to fight money laundering charges under proceeds of crime legislation. Her husband lost his IT job because of press coverage. She is now working as a masseuse to support the family.