‘I owned the best brothel in London’
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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