• Tue. Jun 21st, 2022

Pair of escort agencies who took girl for her first booking on her 16th birthday jailed for child prostitution

Two men who ran an escort agency in England that employed young girls from difficult backgrounds as prostitutes have been jailed.

Stephen Castle, 41, was the owner of Essex escort agency Girls4you, and Steven Davis, 55, worked as a driver for the agency and ran it while Castle was away, Basildon Crown Court has learned .

Two of the girls who worked at the agency were 16 and were therefore legally children as they were under 18, prosecution Rebekah Hummerstone said.

The pair were jailed after a jury found them guilty of child prostitution offenses, Essex police said.

In an interview with police, one of the girls said Davis picked her up in a white van on her 16th birthday and took her on her first reservation. She said she subsequently went to over 100 reservations.

She described Davis as looking like Frankenstein’s monster, with a “big, stocky build, scary build.”

Davis was known as Big Steve and Castle was known as Little Steve, due to their size, Ms Hummerstone said.

The court heard that Girls4you had been directed from Castle’s one-bedroom apartment in Shoebury, Essex.

Castle, now of Friday Street, Eastbourne, has admitted controlling prostitution for profit, possession of 198 indecent images of children, distribution of 13 indecent images of a child and being concerned with the supply of mephedrone.

He denied two counts of controlling a child prostitute, but was found guilty. Castle, who is a computer programmer, was jailed for four years.

Former Davis car salesman, formerly of Southend and now Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, has been convicted of two counts of organizing or facilitating child prostitution, one count of controlling prostitution for profit and supply of mephedrone.

Davis was jailed for two and a half years.

The two men were also entered in the sex offender registry.

A police investigation into the agency, which had been operating for 14 years, began in 2014.

The agency’s website had offered sex for money, allowed members of the public to scroll through girl lists and make reservations.

The website said the agency aimed to get an escort “to your door within the hour” and said it covered much of Essex and surrounding areas, including “most major airports “such as Southend, Stansted and Luton.

A screenshot from the Girls4you website.

Ms Hummerstone said the agency’s website said it recruited women between the ages of 18 and 35, but police captured a screenshot of the website in 2014 in which there were references to “young teen “,” sexy slim teen “and” teenage escort “.

She said one of the 16-year-old girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in foster care, while the other surfed on sofas with friends.

“Both came from difficult backgrounds, spent periods of time in care and were involved in their lives through social services, and had no family to support them,” Ms. Hummerstone said.

One of the girls described how the escorts used mephedrone, known as M-Cat, and drank alcohol in Castle’s apartment, Ms Hummerstone said.

Speaking after the trial, Detective Superintendent Mark Hall of the Kent and Essex Major Crime Branch said neither Castle nor Davis showed remorse.

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