Devon brothel empire stripped of £100k fortune

A family which made a fortune out of running eight brothels in Devon have been stripped of more than £100,000 of ill-gotten assets.

Former prostitute Edwina Christian-Stockwell rented out rooms to sex workers from Eastern Europe and Thailand by the night for £80 a time.

She recruited her 70-year-old husband Michael and 33-year-old son Richard to help collect rents and launder the profits.

Christian-Stockwell was jailed at Exeter Crown Court in March this year and now she and her family have been ordered to repay £108,911.13 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

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Their string of brothels was busted by police after neighbours in Exeter and Torquay complained about suspicious activity with a stream of men visiting the properties.

Families living near one pop-up brothel in Linnet Close, Exeter were so alarmed that they stopped their children playing outside.

The family made £176,269.10 over two years and police found £3,588 cash hidden in the school bag of Christian-Stockwell’s 11-year-old daughter.

Messages on madam Christian-Stockwell ‘s phone showed she had also helped to organise a sex party for swingers in Exeter, calling her clients ‘kinky bastards’.

The brothels were located at Union Street and Grange Apartments in Torquay and Linnet Close, Mount Pleasant Road, Wynford Road, and flats in Acland Street, Exeter.

Christian-Stockwell, also known as Kalay, aged 59, of Vine Road, Torquay, admitted eight counts of managing a brothel and two of money laundering and was jailed for two years eight months in March.

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