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Man told police: I run escorts, not prostitutes

By Alan Erwin

Published 27/05/2015

Paul Ervine (60), of no fixed address, faces charges of involvement in the sex trade after his arrest in east Belfast on Monday
Paul Ervine (60), of no fixed address, faces charges of involvement in the sex trade after his arrest in east Belfast on Monday

A man accused of controlling prostitution in Belfast claimed he was merely acting as an agent for escorts, a court heard.

Paul Ervine (60), of no fixed address, faces charges of involvement in the sex trade after his arrest in east Belfast on Monday.

He is alleged to have run a brothel, controlled prostitution for gain, and caused or incited prostitution between February and September last year.

He appeared in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court.

Defence solicitor Charlene Graham said her client was not seeking bail at this stage due to issues over a possible address.

She asked police: "Can you confirm that Mr Ervine advised police at the outset of his interviews that at all times he acted as a commissioned agent for escorts only?"

The officer replied: "That was his quote."

Ervine was remanded into custody to appear again by video-link next week. A bail application is expected at that stage.

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