A man who ran a sex empire which yielded £1.6m a year and included a brothel in Fulham has been handed a 13-year jail sentence.
David Archer, 53 of Northumberland Avenue, Wanstead trafficked women and controlled their profiles on adult websites while running four brothels.
Archer used a rented property as a brothel in Clonmel Road in Fulham, which has an average house price of just under £2 million according to property site Zoopla.
He also used two hotels and a house in east London, which he owned, for the illicit trade and amassed a net worth of around £16 million.
Police were alerted to Archer's business when one of his victims, a sex worker, called police after Archer trapped a woman inside a bedroom at his Wanstead address.
Police found the woman and discovered evidence the property was being used as a brothel. They seized computers and phones from the property and raided the other addresses which were also found to be brothels.
Archer would take sexually explicit photographs of the women to post online, and, during the investigation into his nefarious trade, several women came forward alleging that he sexually assaulted them while taking the pictures.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to control prostitution for gain, possession of an identity document with improper intention, concealing criminal property, and two counts of human trafficking.
He was then found guilty on March 27 of three counts of sexual assault following a four-week trial.
On Friday, May 19 Archer was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment for his numerous crimes.
Detective Sergeant John Kirby, of the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Archer had no option other than to plead guilty to a number of offences.
"However, he thought that he could escape justice with regard to the assault. This was not the case.
"Archer exploited vulnerable women to build his lucrative empire in the sex industry over a number of years.
"The vulnerability of the women and his position of strength created an imbalance which he exploited again and again - financially, emotionally, and in some cases sexually."
He was also found not guilty on seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Archer had two accomplices, Emma Cox, 41, of New Timber Avenue, Worthing and Zobia Taqi, 29, of High Road, Ilford.
Cox was involved in managing the online profiles of the sex workers created by Archer, while Taqi ran the financial side of Archer's businesses and managed his hotels.
Both women pleaded guilty to conspiracy to control prostitution for gain on February 10.
On Friday (May 19), they were sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, 150 hours' unpaid work and 20 days' rehabilitation.
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