Duo charged over Chesterfield brothel allegations

Derby Magistrates court.
Derby Magistrates court.

Two men have been charged under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in relation to allegations of running numerous brothels in the East Midlands - including in Chesterfield.

Meyrick Bramhill-Purchase, aged 63, of Muntjac Way in Witham St Hughs, Lincolnshire, and Mo Quan Zhou, aged 44, of London Road in Derby, were arrested on Wednesday 10 May 2017 as part of an East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) inquiry.

The investigation, supported by Derbyshire Constabulary and Lincolnshire Police, relates to the operation of eight suspected brothels in Derby, Lincoln and Chesterfield between May 2015 and May 2017.

Last night the pair were charged with the following offences: Controlling prostitution for gain, causing/inciting prostitution for gain, and human trafficking — arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

The men were due to appear before Derby magistrates today.