Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow brothel keeper Jane Burns to lose crime cash

A woman who admitted running a brothel in Glasgow is to have £69,000 seized under proceeds of crime laws.

Jane Burns, 48, from the Balornock area, ran the brothel from a flat in Berkeley Street, in the city centre. She will be sentenced in November.

An investigation later revealed that £137,115 of her income, in the six years leading up to her arrest, could not be accounted for legitimately.

The confiscation order was granted at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

During a previous hearing, the court heard how police received information that a brothel was being run from the flat in Berkeley Street.

Flat repossessed

Officers searched the property on 3 March 2011 and found Burns in the bedroom with a naked man.

She told police she worked as a masseuse and was there to do a massage.

However, various items and documents recovered from the flat suggested it was being used for illegal brothel keeping. The flat is now being repossessed.

Lindsey Miller, head of the serious and organised crime division, said: "Jane Burns was caught running an illegal brothel from her flat in Berkeley Street, Glasgow.

"Brothel-keeping, like any other criminal offence which makes money, is subject to the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

"I am satisfied that today's confiscation order for £69,115 represents the amount available to us at this time."

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