Police raid sex den in Belsize Park
PUBLISHED: 15:06 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:55 07 September 2010
A SEX den in the heart of Belsize Park has been busted by police after residents voiced concerns. The Fellows Road brothel opened late last year but the late-night comings and goings increased, causing residents to alert the police. Last week officers fro
A SEX den in the heart of Belsize Park has been busted by police after residents voiced concerns.
The Fellows Road brothel opened late last year but the late-night comings and goings increased, causing residents to alert the police.
Last week officers from the Belsize Park Safer Neighbour-hoods Team served a closure no-tice to the brothel boss, who has since packed up and moved out.
PC Paul Boniface said there was no evidence the woman working in the brothel had been trafficked to the country.
"When we visited the premises we found four women and one male and there were definitely other females working out of there, probably working shifts," he said.
"They were not particularly cooperative."
The brothel was in a ground-floor flat where the rent was around £3,000 per month.
A small number of neighbours began to complain about late-night noise and the fact that it was bringing 'undesirables' into the area.
PC Boniface said: "This is the first time I have heard of a bro-thel appearing in Belsize Park.
"It was a bit of a surprise and we will have to keep a check to see it does not pop up somewhere else in the area."
When the Ham&High publicised the brothel's existence two weeks ago, residents met it with mixed reactions. Some said it was bad for the area, but others said it would bring in money to the area and women should be commended for making cash during the current economic downturn.
Fellows Road resident Dr Otto Chan said this week: "I think with the current economic situation, we are going to find more and more of these places springing up.
"I have got children, so it's obviously much better if we don't have this kind of thing in our street but sadly it's a fact of life.
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