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.


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:

Latest Barking and Dagenham News Stories


A big-hearted Dagenham man has travelled halfway round the world to help poorly pooches.


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

In the last few weeks we have heard of yet more shocking incidents of crime in our borough, including the news that another young person in our community, Hasan Ozcan, has been tragically killed in a knife attack.

Fri, 17:09

Two teenagers have been arrested after a 17-year-old was stabbed to death near the Gascoigne Estate.

Fri, 17:00

After making headlines by defecting from Ukip to the Conservatives this week, Peter Harris is keen to tackle the borough’s challenges head on.

Fri, 16:37

More than 120 cannabis plants have been seized from a suspected drugs factory in Barking.

Fri, 16:16

A man who was rescued from a drain remembers little of how he ended up in the sewer system after starting his day in Barking.

Fri, 16:06

Barking and Dagenham Council have launched an initiative to reduce the numbers of young people who aren’t in education, employment or training.


The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now