Two charged over Southend child prostitution

Two men have been charged with child prostitution offences after an inquiry into a Southend escort agency.

Stephen Castle, 39, of Willowfield Square, Eastbourne, has been charged with two counts of controlling child prostitution.

Steven Davis, 53, of Hinguar Street in Shoeburyness, has been charged with the offences of arranging or facilitating, and controlling, child prostitution.

They are due to appear before Basildon Magistrates' Court on 14 May.

Drugs charges

The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 2013 and August 2014.

Computer programmer Mr Castle, formerly of High Street, Shoeburyness, has also been charged with possessing indecent images, distribution of indecent images, possession of drugs with intent to supply methredrone and supplying methredrone.

Car salesman Mr Davis has also been charged with being concerned in the supply of methredrone and possession of an indecent image of a teenage girl.

The charges follow an investigation by the serious and organised crime unit in Essex into the escort agency - which had been running in the Southend area for 14 years.

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