Brothel keeper millionaire ordered to repay cash
A brothel keeper who enjoyed a millionaire lifestyle has been ordered too surrender £750,000 of “the wages of sin”.
John Williams Burrows, who ran a “Gentleman’s Club” that was a front for a sordid sex parlour, lives in a £1.5m country pile near a picture postcard village in Lancashire.
After a police raid busted the racket Burrows admitted his “World Famous Babes” club in Manchester was a sex den and he pleaded guilty to managing a brothel.
Burrows appeared to be laughing all the way to the bank when, in 2009, he walked free from court with a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
But now Burrows, of Hough Clough Lane, Chipping, Lancs, has faced a day of reckoning and been ordered to surrender £750,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
A court heard how locals complained to police about the “World Famous Babes Gentleman’s Club” on residential Worsley Road, Swinton,
Detectives established it was being used as a brothel and police swooped to close it down on 29th June 2007.
During their raid, officers discovered two men engaged in sexual acts with women working as prostitutes.
A search of the club also revealed further evidence it was being used as a brothel, including numerous condoms, used and unused, and sex toys.
The North West Regional Asset Recovery Team, of the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), carried out an investigation of Burrows business and earnings.
And now a judge at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester has ordered Burrows to pay £742,759.83 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He must repay that sum within six months or be jailed for four years, after which he would still owe the money.
If he fails to make the payment Burrows will be forced to sell his assets and hand over his savings to meet the POCA ruling.
Steve Taylor, Senior Financial Investigator at the NW Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: “This result sends a powerful message to the people of Salford – we will take decisive action if we have evidence a brothel is being run.
“Brothels are a blight on our communities and we fully understand the concerns of residents who live in or near areas affected by the illegal sex industry.
“Burrows enjoyed a lavish lifestyle from the exploitation of young women. He has a property portfolio that will now have to be sold to fund this repayment.
“The message should be clear, with the collaboration of the North West Forces under ROCU, we will continue to target those criminals who commit serious offences, and who profit from such offences, that cross Force boundaries.”
Chief Supt Kevin Mulligan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “This shows that anyone who profits from criminal acts will be pursued through the courts and we will do everything in our power to seize their assets.”