Home » News » Agencies & People » “We had no idea!” Estate agencies astounded after brothel discovered previous nextAgencies & People“We had no idea!” Estate agencies astounded after brothel discoveredMadam sentenced for running eight brothels in Torbay include a central operation on a busy town centre street packed with estate agencies.Nigel Lewis12th March 202103,381 Views Estate agency staff working at three leading firms in Torbay have told local media they were working too hard to notice a large brothel was being operated opposite their offices.The unusual situation arose after a notorious madam was convicted of running a string of brothels in and around the Devon resort town.59-year old Edwina Kalay (picture, above) moved to the town to run a fast food restaurant after doing time for running a brothel in Oxford following a conviction in 2014.But by 2018 the restaurant was in trouble and she, and associate and her son set up a string of brothels in rented properties in the area, including one in central Torbay above a news agent in a street where many of the town’s estate agency firms are found.ScaredThis central operation was only uncovered after local elderly residents reported being scared to go out at night, and shopkeepers became suspicious of the women working at the address.But the town’s local paper has reported that estate agency staff working at three branches very near the brothel told reporters that they had no idea what was going only a few feet from their office windows.Jon Emery at Haart told the paper: “This is the first we have heard about it – they obviously did it very discreetly because we weren’t aware.”Other agents nearby oblivious to the illegal activity included Connells, who staff said they were shocked by the revelations, and Taylor Lettings, whose staff were ‘wide eyed’ when told of the court case, it was reported.Kalay’s operations have now closed after she received a sentence of two years and eight months for running eight brothels and a similar sentence for money laundering sum totalling nearly £100,000. Her son received an 18-month suspended sentence.Two years ago a lettings director at a Hertfordshire was convicted of running a brothel at one of his properties.Read the full police report.brothel haart connells torbay March 12, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
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