A MAN who employed women to work for his online escort agency has been sentenced in court for making money from prostitution.

Gary Enticknap, 43, of Skelton Green, Cleveland, was sentenced at York Crown Court to six months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

He was also given a restraining order preventing contact with his victims for five years after pleading guilty to two charges of controlling prostitution for gain.

Working as an escort is not illegal in itself, however for a third party to benefit from it is, and falls into the offence of controlling prostitution for gain.

Enticknap used adult websites such as Adultwork.com to set up his own agency, calling it 007 Escorts.

He arranged for men to see the women either at their home address or in hotels over two to three months, taking a percentage of the money paid to them.


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