Arrests as suspected brothel in Birmingham raided
Seven people have been arrested after a raid on a suspected brothel which police believe could be a front for a £13m money laundering enterprise.
The Libra Club massage parlour in Summer Hill Road, Birmingham was raided at 05:00 GMT on Tuesday.
Simultaneous warrants were executed at the Sunset Club sister venue and homes.
Five people arrested on suspicion of money laundering and two held on suspicion of managing a brothel were released on police bail.
Up to 50 officers were involved in the raid on the Libra Club, where a 29-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel.
At the Sunset Club, a licensed lap-dancing bar in the city centre, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel as part of an investigation into the Libra Club.
A 25-year-old woman was also arrested from the Sunset Club on suspicion of money laundering.
About £50,000 in cash was seized from houses in Birmingham. Three women, aged 47, 54 and 63, and a 64-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
Warrants were carried out at residential addresses in Rotton Park Road and Pershore Road in Edgbaston, Slade Lane in Hall Green and Sunderton Road in Kings Heath.
West Midlands Police said it would be pushing for a court closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act that would see Libra Club forcibly shut for the next three months.