8:00am Wednesday 8th May 2013
By Kate Wilson
A 61-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of running a brothel in Bussage.
He was questioned after police searched a property in the Hawthorns on Tuesday, April 30.
The man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the management of a brothel and has been bailed to return to Gloucester police station on July 2. He had not been charged.
Gloucestershire police spokesman Simon Masters said an investigation was launched after information came forward from members of the community.
The Hawthorns is a quiet residential street which leads off the Ridgeway, one of the main roads through Bussage.
Detective Inspector Sue Bradshaw, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: "Gloucestershire police has a proven track record of investigating allegations about the running of brothels.
"In recent months a number of operations have been run to close down such premises across the county.
"We look to take proportionate action which is intelligence led.
"We are, of course, always mindful of any possible associated issues of exploitation and human trafficking always considering the wider protection and welfare of women involved."
In September, police raided four address in Cheltenham which were suspected of being used illegally in the sex trade.
According to UK law, running or managing a brothel is illegal. However, it is legal for a sex worker to work for a brothel as long as the worker has not been coerced.
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