Ipswich: Woman accused of involvement in prostitution ring had texts from “potential customers”, court told

AN IPSWICH woman accused of being involved in a prostitution ring running brothels in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk was arrested by police who had been keeping observations on a flat in Norwich, a court has heard.

Anna Joskowska was a passenger in a car seen driving away from premises in Avenue Road, Norwich that police suspected were being run as a brothel, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Police stopped the car by pulling in front of it and arrested the driver, said Pc Vincent Halls.

He said that while the driver of the Renault Laguna was being spoken to by another officer he waited with Joskowska who was sitting in the front passenger seat and a male passenger in the rear of the car.

PC Halls said the woman told him she was Polish and he had then seen her holding a mobile phone in her handbag.

He asked her not to use the phone and to take it out of the bag and she had then handed over five mobile phones.

The court heard that after her arrest Joskowska was interviewed by police with the aid of an interpeter but answered no comment to questions.

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Charles Myatt prosecuting said the phones Joskowska had in her bag were examined and were allegedly found to have text messages from potential customers inlcuding questions such as “How much for a half an hour call out?”

Before the court are Alexsander Sochacki, 41, of The Admirals, Harwich; Eliza Bryll, 23, of Wells Crescent, Chelmsford; Jagoda Kukielka, 25, of Notley Road, Braintree; Joskowska, 24, of Dumbarton Road, Ipswich; and Magdelana Pacula, 22, of Stroud.

They have all denied conspiring to manage or assist in the management of brothels between November 2008 and July 2010.

It has been alleged that the gang were involved in running brothels in Firmin Close, Gladstone Road, Foxhall Road and London Road, Ipswich, George Williams Close, Colchester and Avenue Road, Norwich as well as other parts of the country.

The trial continues on Monday.

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