Man on pros­ti­tu­tion and brothel charges

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ALAN WIL­SON

A MAN has been charged with run­ning a hu­man traf­fick­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion op­er­a­tion in Dundee — in­clud­ing a brothel in his flat.

An­gus Bin­nie, 61, of Cherry Grove, in Gauldry, Fife, is ac­cused of transporting four women to var­i­ous houses in the Hill­town area of the city (pic­tured), liv­ing off the earn­ings of pros­ti­tu­tion and al­low­ing his Dundee flat to be used as a brothel.

It’s claimed that be­tween June 21-28 last year, Bin­nie trans­ported and har­boured a woman from Dundee rail­way sta­tion to a Mid Road flat and al­lowed her to stay in the prop­erty, then rented by him.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege this was done with a view to her be­ing ex­ploited by means of a per­son ex­er­cis­ing con­trol, di­rec­tion or in­flu­ence over pros­ti­tu­tion of her, in a way that showed the per­son was aid­ing, abet­ting or com­pelling pros­ti­tu­tion. He is also al­leged to have har­boured three other women with a view to ex­ploit­ing them for pros­ti­tu­tion at ad­dresses on Weavers Loan and Stir­ling Street, on var­i­ous dates be­tween De­cem­ber and this month.

The al­le­ga­tions are said to be con­trary to the Hu­man Traf­fick­ing and Ex­ploita­tion (Scot­land) Act 2015, Sec­tion 1 (1).

Mean­while, Bin­nie is f ur­ther ac­cused of, on March 29-April 5 this year, at a flat on Weavers Loan, know­ingly liv­ing wholly or in part on the earn­ings of pros­ti­tu­tion — con­trary to the Crim­i­nal Law (Scot­land) Act 1995.

Pros­e­cu­tors say they will prove that the al­leged of­fence was ag­gra­vated by a con­nec­tion with hu­man traf­fick­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Bin­nie is fur­ther al­leged to have al­lowed his flat at Weavers Loan to be used as a brothel, for the pur­poses of ha­bit­ual pros­ti­tu­tion, be­tween March 29April 5.

He faced the charges dur­ing a brief pri­vate hear­ing, on pe­ti­tion, at Dundee Sher­iff Court.

So­lic­i­tor Stu­art Hamil­ton asked for bail and agreed to spe­cial con­di­tions on be­half of Bin­nie not to ap­proach or con­tact the women in the charges — who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

He en­tered no plea and made no dec­la­ra­tion.

Bin­nie was granted bail and the case was con­tin­ued for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

A TEAM of young en­gi­neers from Grove Acad­emy have tri­umphed in an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion at Robert Gor­don Univer­sity (RGU) and will now travel to Seat­tle to take their place in the in­ter­na­tional fi­nal. The team were tak­ing part in the Scot­tish MATE ROV...

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