Man jailed for business acumen

Entrepeneur or criminal?

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A former PE teacher has been jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to running a brothel.

Tim Blake-Bowell, 47, who was a teacher at King Ethelbert School in Birchington, near Margate, Kent, admitted a charge of controlling prostitutes for financial gain at a previous hearing at Canterbury Crown Court.

His ex-wife Emma Blake-Bowell, 37, also pleaded guilty to the charge but was given a nine month suspended sentence as the judge said she had been susceptible to pressure from her husband due to her vulnerable state of mental health. (yeah right. Bet she was happy to spend the money she made!)

The couple, who have two young children, split up after their arrest in December 2007.

The court heard that Tim Blake-Bowell was responsible for the financial side of the operation, paying the six women they employed and taking care of bills and rent.

His wife, who had herself worked as an escort in the city since 2004, was in charge of the day-to-day running of the business. She acted as a receptionist, worked out the girls' rotas, introduced them to clients and also prostituted herself.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Adele Williams said: "You Timothy Blake-Bowell rented a flat at 21 Henry Court, Gordon Road, in Canterbury.

"From the address, six prostitutes including your wife and co-defendant offered sexual activity for money. You and your wife controlled these prostitutes. You placed advertisements in papers and rotas were organised. You and your wife took approximately 40% of their earnings.

"This was organised prostitution which is a criminal offence. I accept that there is no evidence of coercion or corruption and there were no illegal immigrants or underage girls, but you did this for money.

"Your overheads were approximately £2,000 a month and in my judgment you would not have continued with this enterprise unless you were making a profit."
Most people do most things for money. A brothel is just another workplace.

Now all I see here is possibly a failure to pay VAT or business rates(or was he registered for these too)

Perhaps the judge would prefer homeless crack whores out on the street, who will take it unprotected up the hoop for a tenner? (Errm..allegedly :oops: )

Blokes an ex-teacher, so it's not relevant in a moral sense either
Fair play to him.

I've got my own business plan ready for my application for a Small Business Loan when they get around to legalising prostitution.
No illegal immigrant or underage employees and he was still making a go of it...prison is not for him, send him to work on a UKTI task force, reporting directly to Mandelbum...

Now I am not an expert in prostitution but as a planning exercise:

Six whores, working three to a 6 hour shift, say three punters per shift at £200 quid = 1200 per diem
Say 25 days leave, 340 x 1200 = 408000 per annum gross, pay the girls say 50%, and you are looking at 204000 before the overhead. Pay the rent etc at 2k a month and you are looking at the thick end of 180000. If you have to employ a "maid" to deal with it 150000 easy...

I wonder if you could develop franchise guides for this??
He provided a safe working environment, and probably looked after the girls well being...

So now they get to work for some pimp who will beat them, or work in some back alley?

About time we stopped being so skittish. Just do what the boxheads do, legal brothels with the various medical back up.

ANy illegal brothels after that, then hammer them.

Make sure the girls get enough money to live, and maybe work on their esteem and education issues.
His wife was definitely do-able. Even in her court clothes.

I see nothing wrong with what this guy has done. He gave these working girls a safe environment. Well done him.


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thing is with things like this - it's like drugs - people are still going to spend their money on it wether it's legal or not.

legalise it, bring it under control, make a few quid off the tax. everybody's happy. 200 weeks has some interesting things to say in this piece here -

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