Vice den pair sentenced in crackdown on prostitution

IPSWICH: A brothel manager is beginning a jail term today after being caught running an Ipswich vice den within months of being convicted of the same offence in Colchester.

Alexsander Sochacki’s 12-month sentence came just days before a powerful BBC drama is to be screened about the five Ipswich sex workers murdered by Steve Wright.

Sochacki’s latest conviction relating to a brothel in Alexandra Road will be seen as a victory for Ipswich police’s crackdown on off-street prostitution.

The strategy follows on from police and other agencies successfully ridding the streets of sex workers in the town’s former red light area.

Also sentenced with 38-year-old Sochacki was Aleksandra Bryll, 27, who received a three-month prison sentence suspended for two years, and a community supervision order .


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After the case Detective Superintendent Alan Caton, head of public protection for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “These are individuals who are quite happy to exploit people to gain financial reward.

“With off-street premises there is an awful lot of money to be gained by criminal gangs where they exploit vulnerable women into engaging in prostitution. What we need to do is target these gangs.”

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Sochacki was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court last month of being involved in the management of a brothel during a six-month period in 2008.

Bryll, of Berkely Close, Colchester – who is pregnant – was also convicted of the same charge.

In February 2008 Sochacki, of The Admirals, Harwich, was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours community service after admitting running a brothel in Colchester.

At Sochacki’s sentencing this week, Judge Peter Thompson activated the two-month suspended sentence and jailed him for a further ten months for the offence relating to Alexandra Road.

Judge Thompson said that although the Ipswich brothel had not been a large-scale operation, it had been profitable.

He also accepted that none of the women who worked there had been threatened or coerced, but said Sochacki and Bryll had both exploited them for profit.

During last month’s trial the court heard police officers who raided the premises discovered a number of scantily dressed women at the premises as well as sex toys.

Stephanie Dodd, for Bryll, said her client maintained she had been working as a prostitute and had not been involved in running a brothel.

On Sunday the first in a three-part drama entitled Five Daughters is due to be broadcast on BBC1. It is said to be a moving account of the lives and deaths of Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Annette Nicholls, 29, and Paula Clennell, 24, who were murdered by Steve Wright in late 2006.

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