A PROSTITUTE turned madam from South Tyneside who wanted to “get on” in the industry has been jailed along with with her boss.
Emily Payne, 39, was working for Paul Roy, 44, through North East Escorts, before she decided to move up the ranks and he allowed her to manage a separate website, called Newcastle In Calls, for him.
The girls were made well aware of the fact that they would be expected to have sex with clients and were expected to get sexual health checks on a monthly basis.Tim Gittin, prosecutor
Payne, of Handel Street, South Shields, paid £25,000, for the site and was told by Roy, of Ceres Road, Leeds, that if it made a profit she could take it over after paying yet another £25,000.
Newcastle Crown Court was old that, while managing the new website, Payne was also responsible for collecting money from 50 girls employed by Roy.
Tim Gittin, prosecuting, said: “Mr Roy was the owner and manager of North East Escorts and kept the brothel in the city centre. Payne was his business partner and assistant.”
The agencies were both advertised as providers of services limited to “company and companionship” and, when arrested, denied there was anything more to it.
They later pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel used for prostitution.
Payne pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property and keeping a brothel used for prostitution while Roy pleaded guilty to converting criminal property, possessing an offensive weapon, namely a CS gas cannister found in his home at the time of his arrest, and keeping a brothel used for prostitution.
Roy was sentenced to 16 months in prison and Payne eight months.
Mr Gittin added: “Prices were advertised at £120 per hour or £650 for the whole evening and women were told they could make up to £2,000 a week.
“Reviews left on the website left little to the imagination about what services were provided.
“The girls were made well aware of the fact that they would be expected to have sex with clients and were expected to get sexual health checks on a monthly basis.”
The pair employed at least 50 women as prostitutes in the region who carried out their work in some of Newcastle’s most sought-after apartment complexes with the
women paying 40 per cent commission to the company from their work.
Mr Grittin told the court that, although the business was illegal, there was no suggestion that the girls were coerced or intimidated and that none of the workers were under-age or illegal immigrants.
James Lake, defending Roy said: “This was a properly run, albeit illegal business. The girls were making a lifestyle choice.”
Robin Patton, defending Payne, told the court that she had a “sad history”, no career or partner and was trying to get herself out of what Judge John Evans called the “grim and sordid” life of prostitution.