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Brothel used by 11 sex workers uncovered in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 13:32 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 22 January 2018

The council raided 'beds in sheds' in the borough that are similar to this building. Picture credit: Archant.

The council raided 'beds in sheds' in the borough that are similar to this building. Picture credit: Archant.

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An illegal house which was being used as a brothel by 11 sex workers has been uncovered during raids targeting illegal homes in Barking and Dagenham.

Outhouse converted into a cannabis factory. Picture: LBBD Outhouse converted into a cannabis factory. Picture: LBBD

The property was discovered by council officers and police who raided five homes in the borough last week.

An outhouse converted into a sophisticated cannabis factory with high tech growing equipment and 13 people living in just ONE shed was also uncovered as part of the operation.

Councillor Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We are determined to find and clamp down on rogue landlords who set out to exploit vulnerable people as well as unscrupulous and criminal minded people who rent properties in our borough only for the sole purpose of turning a fast buck.

“I urge residents to report any suspicions or concerns they may have about homes.”

You can contact the Private Rented Property Team by email at: privaterentedpropertylicensing@lbbd.gov.uk.

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