North Yorkshire Police has told visitors to a Scarborough massage parlour to get checked for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) after it was revealed to be an illegal brothel. Detectives issued the advice after Natwlai Beck, 48, known as Netty, admitted secretly managing a brothel out of her San Sabai business on Albermarle Crescent in the town.
Police found Beck and another Thai woman were charging for sexual favours on top of legitimate massage services. Between 18 August and 27 November 2014, around 72 sexual acts, including full sex, oral sex and masturbation, were believed to have taken place on the premises.
Beck was arrested at the location in November 2014 and was charged in May 2015 with managing a brothel. She pleaded guilty to the offence at Scarborough Magistrates' Court on 22 June 2015 where the case was committed to Crown Court for sentencing. She also has to undertake 100 hours of community work and pay a victim surcharge of £100.
Male clients who were identified during the course of the investigation have been advised by Public Health England to seek medical attention to guard against the spread of STIs.
Detective Inspector Glenn Kelly, of the Scarborough and Ryedale Serious Crime Team, said: "From our extensive investigation, it was apparent that Netty Beck had resorted to prostitution at her massage parlour as a way to earn extra money to fund a gambling problem and to live on following the split with her husband.
"While we have found no evidence of a wider criminal conspiracy, prostitution and managing a brothel is a very serious matter which required swift police action. We believe there were a number of other men who possibly engaged in sexual activity at the San Sabai massage parlour on Albermarle Crescent in Scarborough. To minimise the risk, our strong advice is to refer themselves to a sexual health clinic or their GP for a sexual health check-up as soon as possible."