Nottingham brothel shut down 'as last resort'

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A Nottingham brothel has been shut down by the police and city council.

Community protection officers said the closure was a last resort after several attempts to help the women working there.

The closure order, which bans anyone from entering the building for three months, has been described as the first of its kind in the East Midlands.

The brothel, in the Radford area, was staffed by women mainly of Chinese origin.

Complex law

Sgt Neil Radford said: "The women who end up working in brothels like this one have often had threats made against their families.

"This leaves them, they believe, with no other option but to co-operate with the criminals who set them up."

Police and the city council used a Brothel Order Closure, issued under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

They added that while a number of people had been arrested at the address, they had tried to work with the women to avoid "criminalising those being exploited".

In the UK, the sale of sex is not illegal but various activities associated with it, such as owning or running a brothel, are.

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