Wigan Brothel owner is jailed

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A WIGAN painter and decorator who turned to keeping a brothel when his business began to struggle has been jailed.

Ben Mirtalee, a convicted cocaine dealer of Diggle Street, Wigan, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to managing a brothel between July 1 and 19 last year.

When police raided the premises above a charity shop in Standishgate, two scantily clad women were working, and officers found pornographic DVDs and other sex trade paraphernalia, including a paddle and a mask.

When a safe was opened, it was found to contain £550 cash and it was seized along with CCTV footage.

Mirtalee, 30, was arrested and released on bail but was re-arrested on July 26 last year at Manchester airport as he was about to board a plane to Thailand.