Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

Salford brothel owner who exploited 'vulnerable' women ordered to pay back £75,000 of criminal gains

Salford brothel owner who exploited 'vulnerable' women ordered to pay back £75,000 of criminal gains

By Glen Keogh

A Salford brothel owner who made thousands exploiting vulnerable women was yesterday ordered to pay back money made from his criminal gains.

Victor Caplan ran Daniella’s Massage Parlour on Bridge Street, Swinton, which police raided in 2011 – finding prostitutes at work.

Now Caplan, 53, has been told that unless he repays £75,000 of his sordid gains within six months he be locked up for just under two years.

Inspector Robert Findlow said: "People like Caplan are responsible for propagating the illegal sex trade, creating a market where vulnerable women can be forced into prostitution and sadly, on other occasions, other crimes.

"The issue of prostitution is a complex one, and together with the Home Office and other partner agencies, Greater Manchester Police is working very hard to try and prevent vulnerable people from both becoming involved in prostitution and offering support to those who do work in the sex trade.”

In a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing yesterday it was calculated that Caplan had made £165,000 from exploitation of women working at the massage parlour.

When officers raided Caplan’s West Yorkshire home they were given an idea of the lavish lifestyle he was leading due to the management of prostitutes.

Caplan, of West Street, Sowerby Bridge, was earning up to £3,000 a month tax-free by running the brothel and £1,835 was discovered in cash at his property.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of assisting in the management of a brothel on June 14 last year at Manchester Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, which was suspended for two years.

He was also forced to carry out 240 hours unpaid work.

However, when Caplan was bailed he had the audacity to reopen the brothel for business and was still making a considerable amount of money.

If he fails to pay back the £75,000 within the time allocated, he will be sent to prison for 21 months and will still have to pay back the cash when released.

Inspector Findlow added: “"We are committed to tackling sexual crime across Greater Manchester and what today's result shows is that we will target those individuals who seek to profit from exploiting vulnerable women.

"If it comes to our attention that premises are being used for illegal activity, we will take all necessary and appropriate action.

“Not only that does that involve putting offenders before the court, but also ensuring they cannot benefit from their criminality so that when they come out of prison, they cannot fall back on the ill-gotten gains."

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