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Woman who ran brothel in Weston-super-Mare jailed

Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

A woman who ran a brothel in Weston-super-Mare has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Natalie Davis of Bristol Road, Hewish admitted controlling prostitution for financial gain from Butterfly's Massage Parlour.

The court heard that the 51-year-old had been running the parlour out of a flat on Alexandra Parade since 2007.

In addition to the jail sentence, she was also given a Serious Crime Prevention Order to run for five years, which gives police powers to restrict and monitor her business dealings.

Avon and Somerset police say this will make it harder for her to return to a life of crime when she is released from prison.

Police became aware of concerns about the business following a BBC news item.

An investigation into the Butterfly's Massage Parlour finances revealed Davis was profiting from the sexual services offered by its employees and that she was laundering the money through her personal accounts.

Inquiries also established Davis paid for adverts for Butterfly’s on a website offering adult services using her own personal bank account.

Natalie Davis shamelessly exploited vulnerable women for her own personal gain.

It’s clear from printed documents found in her home she had researched prostitution and the running of brothels online and that she knew what she was doing was illegal.

Our priority is to ensure that criminals do not profit from people’s vulnerability. We are committed to safeguarding and supporting vulnerable people.

We won’t tolerate criminality of this kind and will take action whenever we have the evidence to do so as well as pursuing any illegal earnings through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

– Chief Inspector Leanne Pook