Madam ran brothel as a women’s collective

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A MADAM from Aylesbury ran a brothel as a women’s collective with no ‘Mr Big’ in control, a court has heard.

Trudy Rigby, 44, of Ceely Road, gave a ‘full and frank’ admission to police after they raided a one-bedroom flat and found a working girl having sex with a male client.

Prosecutor David Chrimes told the court: “She said she was sometimes a working girl and on other occasions a receptionist.

“She had got involved as a receptionist and then provided sex to the public. On her own admission this had gone on from 2009. The police started detailed inquiries into the case.

“Unusually the brothel seems to have been run as a co-op or collective. There were no Mr Bigs or pimps involved.”

Rigby ran the brothel from a one-bedroom flat in Watford.

Police found that she had placed adverts for massage at ‘Laceys’ in the local media.

Her latest tax return put her income at £9,000 a year, but she will now be subject to a financial investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Neil Jarvis, defending, told St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday: “There was a number of middle-aged women who took over this establishment and were working as a collective.

“There was no coercion and no under-age girls.”

Judge Stephen Gullick gave Rigby a conditional discharge for two years telling her: “Don’t do it again or you will find yourself back here.”

He said he was giving her a conditional discharge because there was no evidence of exploitation, but said she will have to return to court in the autumn to face the financial proceedings.