'Controlling pimp' given prison term

Rishi Gosain was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court Photo: PA Images

A respected tax accountant who had a second career as a pimp and controlled dozens of prostitutes was jailed today.

Rishi Gosain, 41, also secretly filmed himself having sex with women during "interviews" for work at his brothels, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The defendant, formerly of Rotherwood Avenue, Stretford, Manchester, was jailed for two and a half years after pleading guilty to controlling prostitution for gain.

He also admitted eight counts of voyeurism and was jailed for four months for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Two of the girls were later found to have been 16 and 17 years old but the prosecution did not claim that the defendant knew they were under 18, the court was told.

Two charges of controlling a child prostitute were ordered to lie on file.

David Watson, for the prosecution, described the defendant as a "controlling" influence who insisted the women have sex with him to "test her skills" before they were employed.

He said: "It was a feature of the defendant's way of carrying out business that he would often insist during these interviews that the women would perform sexual acts with him.

"However, many of the sexual acts were videoed on his laptop. This recording took place without the permission and knowledge of the women concerned."

Mr Watson said Gosain operated a number of escort agencies with names including Elvish Escorts, 24/7 Companions, Glamorous Escorts and Liverpool Incall Escorts.

But in reality they were fronts for the brothels, including one in Manchester's City Heights apartment building and another at City Gate West, Liverpool.

Once the women were hired, he gave them false names such as Candy and Lolita, Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson said: "The defendant would take a fee, commonly 30% to 35%, which the girls would place in an envelope for him.

"There is evidence that between January 2010 and May 2012 a total of #94,730.67 in cash payments were made into bank accounts controlled by the defendant."

In his police interviews, Gosain said he had as many as 40 or 50 women working for him.

He claimed he only had sex with five or 10 of them.

Alastair Edie, defending, said in mitigation that Gosain had been a "respected and highly qualified" tax and management accountant until his arrest in March last year.

The defendant, whose wife gave birth to their first child, a son, in December, had since lost his job.