Skegness woman kidnapped and forced to work as prostitute
- 23 July 2014
- From the section Lincolnshire
Three people have been convicted of offences against a woman who was kidnapped and forced into prostitution.
Stephen Redhead and Jonathan Lindley forcibly took the woman from her home in the Lincolnshire town of Skegness.
She was taken to Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where Redhead and his girlfriend Stephanie Coggan made her work as a prostitute to repay debts.
The three defendants will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.
DCI Steve Taylor said Redhead and Coggan had exploited the 33-year-old woman's vulnerability, "using fear and their formidable reputation as violent figures in the drug world" to control her.
"They subjected [the woman] to degrading and humiliating treatment for their own profit and it is satisfying to see them convicted of these offences," he said.
He said the defendants' activities had been "the scourge of Skegness".
The offences happened between 30 December 2013 and 6 January 2014.
Redhead, 48, of Park Street, Rotherham, was found guilty of kidnap, trafficking for sexual exploitation, causing or inciting prostitution for gain, and possessing the drug amphetamine with intent to supply.
Coggan, 26, of Park Street, Rotherham, was found guilty of causing or inciting prostitution for gain.
Lindley, 40, of Lowedges Road, Sheffield, was found guilty of kidnap, and a separate charge of trafficking for sexual exploitation.