‘I owned the best brothel in Lon­don’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

AN IS­RAELI brothel owner, re­leased from prison two weeks ago, has told the JC that women wanted to work for him be­cause he was Jewish.

Moshe Ilouz, 34, was ar­rested in April this year and sub­se­quently pleaded guilty to con­trol­ling pros­ti­tu­tion and two counts of money-laun­der­ing.

He was sen­tenced to a year’s im­pris­on­ment and served more than six months, as in­mates typ­i­cally serve only half of their sen­tences. He is still the sub­ject of con­fis­ca­tion pro­ceed­ings, in which the po­lice will de­cide what pro­por­tion of his as­sets were from the prof­its of his crimes.

Ilouz, from Beit Shemesh, ran two broth­els in Cen­tral Lon­don, and also of­fered a ser­vice whereby women could go to wher­ever their clients were.

He said that most of the es­cort and pros­ti­tu­tion busi­ness in Lon­don is con­trolled by Al­ba­ni­ans, so when girls in that line of work found out that he was Jewish they wanted to work for him.

“They just wanted a safe place where they could earn money and they thought I could pro­vide that,” he said.

“And I did. I gave them a fam­ily-like en­vi­ron­ment in which to work, no-one treated them badly, and they earned money.”

When Ilouz and his wife, Olga Bosog- nova, moved to the UK from Amer­ica two years ago, he was un­able to re-start the limou­sine job he had pre­vi­ously had in the US. He said he had not planned to start an es­cort agency, but af­ter see­ing many ad­verts in the news­pa­pers, he placed an ad­vert him­self and women be­gan call­ing and ask­ing for work. But, he said, he did not re­alise how much trou­ble it would bring.

“Many of the girls left other places they were work­ing at and then their bosses got up­set and jeal­ous.

“Some of those that came to work for me had been traf­ficked and sold for sex. They were work­ing as slaves.

“The groups who had been con­trol­ling them were threat­en­ing me, but I was fight­ing it and try­ing to help th­ese girls. I gave them a safe place to work and they were happy work­ing here. I was sav­ing th­ese girls.”

Ilouz said the gangs de­manded money from him for the women who had left to work for him. He said he re­fused to hand them back, en­rag­ing the gangs, who then threat­ened to kid­nap his wife and then allegedly sent six Pol­ish men to his house to kill him.

“The men came to my house but ran away when they heard my wife call­ing the po­lice. They were an­gry that I was pro­tect­ing the girls that had run away from them. I didn’t re­alise how vi­o­lent that world could be.”

Ilouz told the JC that, while he was in prison, all the women who worked for him came to visit. “And even now they still phone me and tell me there is nowhere in else in Lon­don like our place was.”

So what did his fam­ily make of his busi­ness?

“My par­ents are re­li­gious, so they re­acted badly. They were in shock and were ashamed of it. But they were ex­tremely sup­port­ive and helped raise money for my le­gal costs.”

Ilouz ex­plained that he was also reli- gious, but since com­ing out of prison has be­gun to ques­tion his faith.

“In prison I would pray three times a day, now I don’t pray any more. I was very sur­prised to end up in prison when all I was do­ing was just help­ing and sav­ing th­ese girls. I didn’t even know the busi­ness was il­le­gal.

“I feel bit­ter and dis­ap­pointed that I was im­pris­oned for some­thing I didn’t do and I can’t help won­der­ing why I was ar­rested, but so many other peo­ple in the busi­ness that have been do­ing it for years have never been ar­rested.”

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