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'Slavery' order made against Bingham couple who were convicted of running prostitution racket

A couple have been handed slavery and trafficking risk orders in a bid to protect vulnerable people in Lincolnshire.

Philip Godfrey, 47, and Lam Lai Man, 52, each admitted two charges of controlling prostitution for gain and pleaded guilty at a hearing on August 29, 2019.

The pair were jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years, last August, when they went before officials at Lincoln Crown Court.

Lincoln Magistrates' Court (40989159)
Lincoln Magistrates' Court (40989159)

Now, the couple have each been given slavery and trafficking risk orders after they appeared before magistrates in Lincoln on Monday, February 8.

It is a civil order secured by Lincolnshire Police under the Modern Slavery Act and will last for five years.

The order, which is the first of its kind obtained by the force, imposes restrictions on Godfrey and Man to help protect the vulnerable in the area.

A breach of this order will constitute a criminal offence.

Nottinghamshire Police will serve the order and enforce it going forward.

The Bingham couple were given suspended sentences for running a prostitution ring where Chinese women would see up to 12 'customers' for sex each day.

Women used by the couple would travel to Lincoln and be taken to a flat where they would remain for almost an entire week and see customers for sex.

Godfrey and Lam began the enterprise by renting a flat in the north of Lincoln, in March 2017.

Notes were later found indicating that the couple were possibly looking to rent further properties elsewhere in the region.

DC Michael Simpson, from the serious and organised crime unit at Lincolnshire Police, said: “The orders given by the courts against this couple will mean that they cannot restart this operation again in the future.

“This type of crime is enabled by technology which allows people to hide their identity whilst exploiting vulnerable people for profit.

“Lincolnshire Police will continue to pursue anyone exploiting vulnerable people.”

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