Duo jailed for running brothel

PUBLISHED: 11:51 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

A COUPLE who ran lucrative brothels raking in tens of thousands of pounds a week have been jailed for just 12 months each.

A COUPLE who ran lucrative brothels raking in tens of thousands of pounds a week have been jailed for just 12 months each.

Andrius Zubinas, 34, and girlfriend Edita Zubkova, 40, both of Watermead Way, Thamesmead ran two bordellos in west London offering a range of services to sex hungry punters.

Zubkova, the brothel secretary, handled the cash while Zubinas kept a watchful eye on the prostitutes.

The women, who were paid a pittance, were treated as 'licences to print money' earning their bosses up to £2,000 a week.

Southwark Crown Court heard last Wednesday they ran a quiet whorehouse in Nicholls Way, Hounslow before moving to a busier vice den in Lady Margaret Road, in Southall, a few months later.

The brothels were guarded by security men who made sure 'trouble stayed out'.

The couple were arrested in December last year after a 23-year-old woman claimed they had trafficked her from Lithuania and forced her into a life of 'virtual slavery' at the brothels.

She said she was invited away from her hometown to attend a party but instead she was held captive by sex traffickers and repeatedly raped.

The couple had been accused of trafficking of the Lithuanian but Judge Michael Gledhill QC ordered their acquittal due to inconsistencies in her account.

Zubinas claimed throughout the proceedings that he had nothing to do with the brothels, then admitted controlling prostitution for gain.

Judge Gledhill sentenced both defendants for 12 months imprisonment each.

They were cleared of conspiracy to traffic a person for the purposes of sexual exploitation between December 1, 2006 and June 1, 2007 and conspiracy to falsely imprison.

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