Carer who ran prostitution business jailed
A "normal family man" who cared for his sick wife and ran a £1.4m UK-wide prostitution business in Edinburgh has been jailed for 29 months.
Emil Wakulicz, 32, recruited women from Poland to offer sexual services to paying customers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast and Newcastle.
Wakulicz pleaded guilty to living on the earnings of prostitution between April 2011 and 8 July 2015.
Sentence had been deferred until Wednesday for background reports.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Wakulicz ran a 'highly organised' enterprise and had set up a call centre to manage appointments for his employees.
The court heard how people would ring through and the operators would "pretend" to be the women who they were going to see.
The customer would then be sent a text message revealing the address of the woman providing the sexual service.
Wakulicz was caught after police received a tip off from a solicitor who had bought a property on behalf of the businessman.
An undercover officer called Danny called on one of Wakulicz's employees and gathered enough evidence to bring a prosecution against him.
On Wednesday, defence advocate Susan Duff told the court that her client had expressed remorse for his actions.
Ms Duff told the court her client originally thought he hadn't broken the law. She also asked the court not to send her client to jail as he cared for his wife had been suffering from depression.
She added: "He is a decent family man who lives a normal family life."
However, Sheriff Ross said he had no other alternative but to send Wakulicz to prison as he had exploited the women who had worked for him.
Det Insp Arron Clinkscales, of Police Scotland, said: "We are committed to tackling issues around exploitation and harm involving people working in prostitution.
"Thanks to information from the public and a thorough, protracted and robust investigation by the financial investigation unit, we have been able to bring this man to justice, stop him from exploiting anyone else and seized his assets."