Brothel couple told to pay back sex money

A couple who ran a brothel in Stevenage have been ordered to pay over �200,000 from the proceeds of their crimes.

Sean Griffin, a former Met Police Community Support Officer, and his wife Debbie Griffin, both 45, of York Road in Stevenage were told to pay the money by a judge at Cambridge Crown Court last week.

Sean Griffin was ordered to pay �44,306 and his wife, �165,595 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The brothel was run from a flat in Silam Road, where Debbie and a further five prostitutes worked. She was sentenced to 16 months in prison for keeping a brothel in March while her husband was given nine months for money laundering.

Detective Inspector Ian Butler, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s economic crime unit, said: “This is an excellent result and demonstrates clearly that crime most definitely does not pay.

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“Organised prostitution of this kind, where other women are recruited and organisers of the brothel take a cut of the money, is a heinous and appalling crime.

“Very often those involved in running the brothel or reaping the benefits are making money from others’ misery – preying on vulnerable people in society and, in some cases, coercing them into prostitution. It also creates issues of anti-social behaviour and community tensions for neighbours whose lives are blighted in the areas where the brothels are based.”

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He urged anyone who suspects prostitution is taking place in their neighbourhood to call the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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