Pensioner prosecuted for keeping women safe

In 2011, a 72 year old woman was charged with “keeping/managing a brothel” (SOA 2003) and money laundering. Despite a woman working in the flat confirming that she was there for her safety, the jury at Luton Crown Court found her guilty on both counts. It came out in court that she was the sole carer for her seriously ill husband and was working to pay off their substantial debts. The judge gave her a conditional discharge but she was then threatened with losing her home, her only asset, under proceeds of crime legislation. She credits the ECP’s campaign with saving her house from confiscation.