Ipswich/Colchester: Four sentenced over brothel conspiracy
FOUR members of a gang accused of running brothels in Suffolk, Essex and Norwich, were today spared jail sentences.
Przemyslaw Wegrzynowski, of London Road, Ipswich, Eliza Bryll, 24, of Wells Crescent, Chelmsford, Jagoda Kukielka, 26, of Notley Road, Braintree, and Magdalena Pacula, 22, formerly of Stroud, but now of London, were all sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court for conspiring to assist in the running of brothels.
Wegrzynowski was used as a taxi driver by people higher up in the organisation to ferry Polish sex workers from brothel to brothel, or from the sex parlours to the airport.
The 41-year-old, who works as a chef, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. As a condition of his sentence he is barred from entering Ipswich, Colchester or Norwich.
He had earlier pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial.
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Bryll, a former prostitute who played a lower level part in the conspiracy, was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
Kukielka and Pacula, who were both prostitutes working in the brothels, were each given 100 hours unpaid work as part of their 12-month community orders.
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The offences occurred between November 2008 and July 2010. The arrests were made after raids in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and the West Country in the summer 2010.
During the trial, the court heard that police officers launched a surveillance operation after receiving complaints about different women moving into premises in Ipswich every few weeks and a steady stream of male visitors visiting the properties.
Police looking for a missing Polish woman went to a flat in Firmin Close, Ipswich, and found three women on the premises, including one dressed in just her underwear who had been having sex with a naked man in one of the bedrooms.
On another occasion an investigator from the Department of Work and Pensions rang a number in an advert for adult services and was directed to the flat in Firmin Close.
He went to the premises with two police officers and the door was opened by a woman in her underwear. Inside they found another woman wearing just her underwear and in the bedrooms discovered condoms and tissues.
Police were alerted to an alleged brothel in Gladstone Road, Ipswich, after a retired man who had lived in the road for 30 years noticed that groups of women with baggage were arriving at premises in the road every six weeks.
When officers raided a property in George Williams Close, Colchester, the door was opened by a scantily-dressed woman and in one of the bedrooms police found a man who admitted paying for sex.
In a communal living room police found �60 on a table which according to a price list was the going rate for 30 minutes of sexual services.
Police found evidence that further brothels were being run at premises in Foxhall Road and London Road, in Ipswich.