Eastbourne man faces child prostitution charges

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Two men, including one from Eastbourne, are facing child prostitution, drugs and indecent images charges after an investigation into an escort agency based in Southend.

Stephen Castle, of Willowfield Square, Eastbourne, has been charged with two counts of controlling child prostitution, possession of indecent images of teenage girls, distribution of indecent images, possession of Methredrone with intent to supply and supplying Methredrone.

Castle, a 39-year-old computer programmer, will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on May 14.

The second man, 53-year-old Steven Davis of Hinguar Street, Shoebury, has been charged with two counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution, being concerned in the supply of Methredrone, possession of an indecent image of a teenage girl and controlling prostitution for gain. He will appear in court on the same day.

Their court appearance follow a detailed investigation in connection with escort agency Girls4you.com which had been running in Southend for 14 years.

Essex Police is urging anyone who has been a victim of exploitation or has information to contact our Serious and Organised Crime Unit on 101. Please quote Operation Cobham when calling.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who would like support as a result of what they have experienced but does not wish to speak to police can contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.