Dom­i­na­trix brothel owner walks free from court

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A DOM­I­NA­TRIX who ran two broth­els has es­caped a jail sen­tence.

Sharon Lof­tus, 44, em­ployed pros­ti­tutes from all over the UK and took half of their £120-per-hour earn­ings.

She also de­posited £170,000 in cash into her bank ac­count in just six years.

At New­cas­tle Crown Court Lof­tus, of Wallsend, pleaded guilty to keep­ing the broth­els.

Mr Recorder Stephen Winn sen­tenced Lof­tus to nine months in prison, sus­pended for 18 months.

The judge said her guilty plea, de­vo­tion to her chil­dren and the fact none of the work­ers were forced into pros­ti­tu­tion meant the prison sen­tence could be sus­pended.

Lof­tus had ini­tially de­nied one brothel in Heaton, New­cas­tle, which was dis­cov­ered last Novem­ber, was used to sell sex.

Pros­e­cu­tor Michael Bunch told the court: “She ac­cepted she was the ten­ant and said she pro­vided dom­i­na­trix ser­vices from there but did not in­volve sex­ual contact with the clients and as such did not think she was gulilty.”

Pros­e­cu­tors have now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act to get back some of the crim­i­nal cash she earned.

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