Jump to PE teacher worked as prostitute at brothel he ran with wife A broyhels PE teacher led a secret life as a male prostitute and brothel manager, a court heard. The year-old and his wife Emma, 37, who both charged clients for sex themselves, are facing jail after they admitted controlling prostitutes for financial gain at Canterbury Crown Court.
Tim Blake-Bowell was responsible for the financial side of the operation, paying the six women they employed and taking care of broome escorts and rent. Emma Blake-Bowell, who had worked as an escort in the city since"was in a position to direct the operation at close quarters," the court heard.
She acted as a receptionist, worked out the girls' rotas, introduced them to clients and also acted as a prostitute herself. Prosecutor Alistair Walker said: "Having worked for others in the past she was determined to run her enterprise properly.
Emma Blake-Bowell was not in the flat herself but officers spoke to her outside where at first she denied any connection to the brothel. Mr Brotjels said: "She said she had been a working girl herself for five years but was fed up of being abused so decided to start up a small service of her own.
Two weeks' later an undercover police officer phoned up and booked an appointment for a massage. When he arrived he was offered sex, which he declined, and after having the massage he left.
The couple were arrested at their home in Querns Road, Canterbury, on December 13 and questioned by police. They told officers they had set up the brothel as a co-operative for girls working individually and denied making prostiturion profit themselves.
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Mr Walker said that there was no evidence to suggest that pgostitution of the women were coerced or corrupted into working at the premises. However, he added that the fact that the pair did take a cut from the women's wages meant that they did have a "controlling influence over the activities of prostitutes".
During mitigation Deborah Charles, defending Emma Blake-Bowell, said she suffered from low self-esteem as she had suffered both an abusive childhood and a violent relationship with her former partner, who fathered her eldest two children. She had met her current husband while living in a women's refuge in Canterbury and had gone on to have two more children with him. She added that their marriage was not a success either, but she "simply didn't have the strength to leave him".
The pair have split up since being arrested. Ms Charles also defended her by saying that she had already known the women that worked at the brothel from her own experience of working as a prostitute.
Defending her former husband, Oliver Saxby, said that he had set up the brothel in order to give his wife some financial dependence and so she could work in a safe controlled environment having had bad experiences in the sex industry in the past. Speaking of his role as a PE teacher at the mixed comprehensive, King Ethelbert School, he said: "It's the case that he was a good and well-regarded teacher and that the use to which he proshitution that talent is lost completely now by the events which he has committed.
After hearing details of the case Judge Adele Brothela adjourned sentencing until Tuesday.
Tim Blake-Bowell was remanded in custody while his former wife was given conditional bail.