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BBC's Emma Barnett from Manchester Mafia brothel family

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BBC'S EMMA BARNETT - BROTHELS
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"High Tory, ex Daily Telegraph and Murdoch, expensive private school, Emma Barnett is BBC Politics' rising star.

"Her parents were pimps and brothel keepers on a large scale, for which both were convicted."

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Ian Barnett

Ian Barnett, 56, a former surveyor, was jailed for three years and eight months after pleading guilty to keeping brothels with a turnover of more than £2.5m in Manchester centre, Levenshulme and Cheetham Hill.

He also pleaded guilty to controlling the prostitution of a woman who was trafficked into this country from Lithuania by an Albanian crime gang who promised her a job as a cleaner.

Michele Barnett, 55, was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years.

Brothel cash - Manchester Evening News. / Classroom helper paid her mortgage with vice girl Cash / Brothel baron Ian Barnett who made almost £6m

Police found emails between Mr Barnett and his daughter Emma, talking about his 'whores'.

"The brothels sold sex videos to the customers and when the police searched the house they discovered a TV continuously recording sex films and 3,000 sex videos in the house.


Above, we see Jimmy Savile and a top policeman. The Manchester police are said to be the 'biggest gang in Britain'.
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15th February 2008
Man jailed for running massage parlours
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A convicted pimp who continued running four brothels, including one in Altrincham, after being taken to court, was jailed yesterday amid claims officers "turned a blind eye" to his business.

Ian Barnett, 56, claimed he ran the brothels - with an annual turnover of £2.5million - with the full knowledge of police, but was arrested after hiring a teenage trafficking victim.

He claimed he had transferred the lease for the brothels to an employee and no longer had anything to do with the business after his arrest.


He escaped jail after a judge ruled there were "exceptional circumstances" because police had a policy allowing him to run the brothels as long as he attended meetings and no public complaints were received.

But months later, he was re-arrested after it emerged he transferred the lease to manager Carole Duncan to convince police he no longer owned them, while he continued to run them and pocket the profits.

Yesterday, Barnett, of Ingledene Avenue, Salford, Greater Manchester was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison, after admitting keeping brothels, controlling prostitution and living on immoral means.

Carole Duncan, who pleaded guilty to keeping brothels, will be sentenced in March.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Barnett ran two brothels at the time of his first arrest - Dolly Mixtures, in Shudehill, and Foreign Touch in Cheetham Hill. He later took on another Manchester parlour, and a further, Angels, in Altrincham.

He was arrested in 2003 following the discovery of a trafficked girl at Dolly Mixtures.

Tina Landale said: "He asked Carole Duncan to manage the brothels for him while he retained an interest in them from a distance.

"He admitted being the owner of three brothles. He admitted each was a brothel or massage parlour offering sexual services by prostitutes and that he was responsible for employing the people working there.

"He admitted advertising them and described the financial workings and systems of payment to receptionist and how the money was divided between the prostitute and the brothel.


"He was interviewed again and warned that if he continued to run the brothels he might be further prosecuted."

Despite the warning, the court heard how he remained the "main beneficiary" of the businesses, taking £2,500 a week plus bonuses from the profits of up to £300,000 a month.

But another investigation was launched after a Lithuanian girl known as Rita who worked at the brothel was found to have been trafficked into the country by a gang of Albanians.

She had been lured to the country from her poor background with the promise of paid work as a cleaner, but was was sold into prostitution and forced to work in the brothel.

Six people, including a man known to Barnett were jailed in 2006 for their part in trafficking the woman, along with a second girl who was held in a house in Crumpsall, North Manchester. Barnett was said to have visited one of the gang, Ilir Elezi, at that cafe he ran in Crumpsall.

Miss Landale said: "Once there, Rita had to sit with other prostitutes on a couch until customers chose her.

"Her identity documents were taken from her and retained by Carole Duncan, and were in her purse at the time of her arrest. A photocopy of it was found at Ian Barnett's home when he was arrested in December 2005.

"In interview, he admitted he had written on the documentation.

"The prosecution say that he was still involved in the daily running of the brothel."


The court heard how Barnett was arrested after Rita was rescued by two Polish men who had visited the brothel and spoken to her in Russian. They followed her as she left following a shift and alerted police.

Booking sheets recovered from Carole Duncan's home showed Rita had been used as a prostitute by paying clients several times.

Miss Landale said: "Ian Barnett visited the brothel on the first night she was there and took her photo without her knowledge or consent and put the picture of her on the internet to advertise her as a prostitute at the brothel.

"When police searched his house they found computer equipment. An expert discovered her photo together with others had been taken by a camera of an identical type to that discovered in Ian Barnett's Rolls Royce.

"In some of the photos, a reflection of Ian Barnett as the photographer can be seen."

Police searched the brothel in December 2005 and found envelopes of cash marked with the names of girls working there, booking sheets and details of the sale of videos, poppers and *.

Customers were shown to pay £70 for an hour or £40 for 30 minutes, with a cut going to the house.

When Barnett was arrested in December 2005, he had a key to the safe, which contained more envelopes of money.

A search of his home recovered documents, receipts and bills for the brothels, and £6,700 cash in envelopes marked with his name and the name of a brothel. There were also photocopies of identity documents for 48 foreign girls who worked at the brothels.


Miss Landale said: "When he was interviewed he said he was no longer involved in running the brothels since June 2005.

"But there was evidence of a transfer of the lease to Carole Duncan and others from then onwards. The prosecution case is was that this was a clear attempt by the defendant to give the impression he was not involved, bearing in mind he was already being prosecuted.

"It was a smoke screen he was hiding behind. He was still visiting the premises and was keeping in touch and directing operations."

Records of internet chatroom conversations recovered from his computer were said to show Barnett had chatted to clients, talking about his "parlours".

But in another typed conversation with his daughter Emma, he said he was no longer involved with whores.

Miss Landale said: "He did not want his daughter to know of his dealings with them at the coal face."

His phone records showed thousands of calls and texts between him and Carole Duncan.

Officers also discovered large sums of money passing through his bank accounts, believed to be profits from the brothels. He told the Inland Revenue the money came from massage parlours.

Duncan was arrested in January 2007 and admitted managing the brothels under Barnett's direction, while he took weekly payouts.

The court heard how Barnett had previously been given a suspended prison sentence for running the brothels, after claiming police had a policy of "turning a blind eye" to his dealings.


He said he had attended regular meetings between the council, police and massage parlour owners and had supplied information to officers. But because there were no complaints to the police about his premises, they did not intervene.

Miss Langdale said: "The prosecution deny that there is any such policy. The prosecution say that the police's approach to policing brothels is complaint or intelligence-driven, bearing in mind the massive demands on the police and their resources.

"The prosecution say the defendant was warned he might be prosecuted on four separate occasions between November 2003 and March 2005.

But Mark Benson, defending said Greater Manchester still operated the policy outlined in a Home Office document entitled "For Love or Money: Pimps and the Management of Sex Workers."

He said: "The police did not intervene if any brothel keeping was taking place. They visited the premises and gave certain advice.

"Meetings were organised by the authorities as to what practices were and were not acceptable.

"In doing so the police were effectively adopting an approach set out in the Home Office document."

He said Greater Manchester Police were focusing their efforts on street prostitution, and were only intervening in brothels if there were public complaints about drugs or underage prostitutes.

He said: "GMP are continuing to practise a policy of turning a blind eye to off-street prostitution taking place in massage parlours providing unwritten rules are followed."

He said Barnett had continued to assist the police with information about foreign girls.

He was said to have systems in place to ensure he did not hire trafficked girls.

Mr Benson said: "There was no pressure put on Rita. He was not aware that she had neem trafficked by others. There was ample evidence that he did take steps, but regrettably they failed in Rita's case."

Sentencing Barnett, Judge Anthony Ensor said: "I accept that the police were aware of your illegal activities and acted in such a way that we could have been reasonably misleading as to whether you would be prosecuted.

"Although you claimed the police turned a blind eye to your activities as to running a brothel, there is no doubt that at your interview and in the presence of your solicitor the police warned you quite clearly that they did not condone your activities and that you might be prosecuted if you continued.

"On any view this was trading in brothels on a breathtaking scale.

"You continued to run these brothels after the warnings on the police.

"This is a vile trade undertaken by an evil, immoral man."

Police said they would now apply to seize his assests under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

After the case, Det Chief Insp Michael Fraser, of Greater Manchester Police said: "This has been a very long protracted enquiry conducted by a small team of officers including staff from the Sex Crimes Unit of GMP.

"I hope it provides some satisfaction to the victim for the trauma and suffering she had to endure, firstly at the hands of an Albanian crime gang and secondly at the hands of Barnett whose sole motivation was greed and making money with no concern whatsoever for the plight and welfare of the victim."
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The sins of the father, the emails of the daughter and the future of Woman's Hour...
All humans are forgiveable. Some are more forgiveable than others.
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I want to start with a disclosure.

I think disclosures are vital in journalism because they reveal the wellspring of biases and the source of both sympathies and scores to settle.

In this case, I could easily not write this piece, seeing as one of the subjects of it has been very kind to me in the past and commissioned me, but today’s newsletter is on an issue that I can’t ignore. So…

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I worked on a contracted writer basis — £1,000 per month — at The Daily Telegraph in 2015. During that time, predominantly contributing to the Comment Desk, I also wrote commissioned pieces for additional fees for Telegraph Men and Telegraph Women. The editor of the latter was Emma Barnett. She was a pleasant colleague and a supportive editor. While we were never friends, we had a friendly professional relationship. During that time I was entirely unaware of stories about her father’s illegal business dealings (running brothels that used trafficked women), her mother’s complicity with them, nor Emma’s awareness of what her father was doing before his activities were the subject of court cases.

It’s in that context that I sat down to read The Observer’s profile of Emma Barnett on the eve of her taking on the Woman’s Hour presenter’s chair. She has sat in on that show before and did a good job with a less forthright tone than she has applied on TV and as a daily host on 5Live. There’s no question that Barnett is a punchy interviewer, with an occasional tendency for the high dudgeon non sequitur (“Would you nationalise sausages?”)
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The Observer profile is a decent piece of work that includes both praise and criticism from industry sources, named and unnamed, but one section rankled for me:

Born in Manchester to Orthodox Jewish parents, Barnett, 35, is the married mother of a toddler. Always outgoing and outspoken, she was involved in a local drama club in her youth, and went on to get involved with student journalism while at Nottingham University. Her mother, Michelle, trained as special needs teacher, while her father, Ian, was a businessman who then became the centre of a sensational drama briefly in 2010 when it was revealed that he had run a series of brothels, with the tacit if grudging consent of the Greater Manchester Police.

Understandably perhaps, Barnett, who has otherwise spoken of a happy childhood, does not talk about this doubtless painful subject. It has, however, provoked a recent flurry of internet shaming attempts since the Woman’s Hour job announcement. It is the kind of history-trawling, blame-gamery that will now shadow every move that Barnett makes. In the current climate of feminist revisionism Woman’s Hour is a hostile frontline.

This is an incredibly santised version of what occurred, just as Barnett’s own version of events, published in The Daily Mail when she took the 5Live job skims over the facts lightly, framing the presenter as the real victim while largely pushing the women exploited by her father out of the frame. All of this would perhaps be dismissable as the rationalisation of a traumatised daughter were it not for one aspect of the court case that is rarely referenced beyond social media * and a line in the Manchester Evening News report on the court case:

Police found emails between Mr Barnett and his daughter Emma, talking about his ‘whores’.

That same report details how Barnett’s mother laundered cash from the brothels, photos of women advertised on websites were taken in the living room of the couple’s house, and how they spent huge amounts of money on cars and holidays.

While Emma Barnett’s account of what happened paints her father as a man who drifted into a bad scene, the court heard that a long list of seized assets included samurai swords, deactivated firearms and hundreds of photographs and videos of women from the brothels.

One woman, whose rescue triggered the court action, was trafficked from Lithuania on the promise of cleaning work and forced into prostitution. While Ian Barnett was not charged with trafficking offences, he still went to prison for a range of other offences. It was also discovered that Manchester Police had been complicit in a number of his schemes.

The question here is not simply one of ‘the sins of the father (and mother)’. It is undoubtedly true that Emma Barnett is not responsible for what her parents did, nor is she to blame for the fact that money from those activities directly funded her private schooling and then her university studies. Private school helped Emma Barnett get 3 A-levels. It sent her into a career where she has excelled. This stuff is interconnected.

She did not make those choices about her education. However, her public pronouncements on the story — limited to an article with her byline and a few brief comments when interviewed — as well as the evidence that, in her early twenties, she was aware of what her father was doing make things more complicated.

Emma Barnett has as a political interviewer offered no quarter and no forgiveness to professional politicians who have come into her sights. That’s perfectly acceptable. In fact, it’s probably what most listeners and viewers expect from a political interviewer. However, consider this hypothetical: How would she treat someone else in public life who had benefitted from their father’s criminal actions and been aware of those actions before he was taken to court?

It appears that Emma Barnett, in order for her own well-heeled and cosy life to continue, was willing to turn a blind eye. It’s understandable when the people she was turning a blind eye to were her parents and, had she not chosen a career in the media, it would be not worthy of comment now really.

But Emma Barnett’s work has been built on the judgement of others, the continuous questioning of their moral and political philosophies, and she will now take the presenter’s chair on a show specifically about women’s issues. Will Barnett recuse herself from running items on sex work? Will she offer a disclaimer before presenting such an item?

I very much doubt it. And that’s where the problem lies: The media has allowed Barnett to be absolved without first asking her to account for what she did. Why? Because she’s a pleasant person behind-the-scenes, whatever her onscreen and on-air demeanour, and the media in the UK will rally around their own. A working class woman, who didn’t go to the same expensive schools and universities, and who didn’t have the media connections that Emma Barnett has worked so hard to make, would not be granted that retribution.

Like everything in Britain, forgiveness has a class component and can be bought for the right fee. That’s not ‘internet shaming’ as The Observer tried to frame all criticism of Barnett’s role in her father’s schemes — it’s the truth.
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