Many illegal activities still take place like soliciting sex, kerb crawling, brothel-keeping
, and sexual exploitation such as survival sex, which is the practice of sex by people who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged in society, trading intercourse for food, a place to sleep, drugs, cigarettes, or other basic needs.
The court also heard the father of seven - who has a previous conviction for brothel-keeping
in 1991 - began offending to raise money after embarking on a romantic online relationship.
Five of the men denied trafficking and brothel-keeping
The 72-year-old - who has been a solicitor for almost 50 years - represented several saunas facing brothel-keeping
charges after a wave of raids by officers.
In England and Wales the acts of buying and selling sex are not illegal but soliciting, kerb crawling and brothel-keeping
Qazi denied brothel-keeping
, insisting the flat was just a massage parlour and she had no idea women there were selling "extras".
"We have carried out several successful operations against brothel-keeping
and associated crime in the past few years.
Nightingale also rejected her as a nurse and called her "a brothel-keeping
She said she jumped at the chance of a job when Karen Leahy, 31, also convicted of brothel-keeping
, asked her to help out.
However, because of the criminalised nature of the industry, sex workers working together from the same flat or house for safety live in "constant fear" of being arrested for brothel-keeping
Paid-for consensual sex is currently legal in Northern Ireland, though activities such as kerbcrawling, brothel-keeping
and pimping are illegal.
But the flat was raided after a tip-off and Qazi was convicted of brothel-keeping
after punters gave evidence against her in court.