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"Popular" brothel raided by police
A BROTHEL, visited by more than 30 punters day, has been put out of action after it was raided by police.
Two women, both believed to be prostitutes, were arrested and one embarassed customer was led away by officers after the sex den was busted.
Police raided the tiny one-bedroom flat, which is directly behind the shops in Felmores End, Basildon, following a tip-off it was being used as a brothel called Nikki’s Massage.
On Thursday a team of police battered down the door of the sex den at around 11am.
Inside they found two women, one wearing just a basque, and a man thought to be a customer.
The living room of the tiny home - which is a privately owned property - had been turned into a makeshift sex den with a mattress on the floor, while both that room and a bedroom upstairs were littered with paraphernalia.
Officers seized various items including a “price list” outlining the various sexual acts offered by girls at the brothel and the price, sex toys, lubricants, uniforms and various racy outfits.
A female officer had to dress one of the women before both were led to the property in handcuffs.
The male customer, who was in his 50s, was not arrested but left with police to “help with their inquiries”.
While officers searched the tiny flat the phone - used by the brothel to book in their regular punters - was constantly ringing.
Sgt Simon Gray, who led the raid on the ground, hailed it a success.
He said: “This brothel has had an extremely negative impact on the local community.
“Fortunately in this case we received intelligence about this brothel and were able to act on it.
“We would urge anyone who has information about prostitution in the area to contact us and be assured that we will act on their information.”
Two women, aged 39 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in running a brothel. Both remain in custody where they are being questioned by police.
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