Inside London's huge indoor red-light district dubbed 'the ten floors of whores'
Inside London's huge indoor red-light district dubbed 'the ten floors of whores'. This is the London block of flats dubbed the city's massive indoor red-light district. The Chelsea Cloisters building in west London has even been described as 'the ten floors of whores' by people allegedly turning a blind eye to sex workers inside.
Owned by millionaire Tory donor Christopher Moran, the building is said to house mainly Eastern European sex workers, according to an investigation by The Sun. The girls are reportedly now so comfortable with their set-up, they go for lunch in groups wearing pyjamas and stock up on sex supplies from nearby shops. The building hit headlines last year after it was revealed a police officer and his wife were flying in prostitutes to work out of the flats. Ivett Szuda, 32, and her British husband Karl Ring, 34, were found guilty of trafficking and sexual exploitation. They used the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air to fly women into London from Budapest as they made more than £600,000 from the vice trade.
During the investigation into the ongoing sex scandal, a reporter posing as a punter finds booking a girl inside the Cloisters building is quick and simple. He reports how a man answered with a greeting of: "Always Escorts, how can I help?" before arranging a meet-up.
Inside the building, long hallways stretch into the distance, lined with apartments. After finding his room, he is greeted by a woman before the two discuss the agreed price of £160 cash.
She lies on the bed and is shocked to learn that he only wants to talk, before the undercover reporter goes on to ask questions about the sex operation inside the building. The Romanian woman, dressed in black lingerie, explains a booking agency takes a cut of all her fees, while she is still left to pay £2,000 a month in rent for her tiny studio. But, despite this, the woman claims she enjoys her lift inside the Cloisters building, telling the reporter: "It is like a hotel, you know, so it is normal you pay more. "Just if you rent a house it would be £1,000 per week in London. If you go outside of London it is very different."
The woman explains how she has been working as a sex worker in the building for two years after first coming to London and working as a waitress before being convinced by a friend to try prostitution.
She says the Cloisters has a friendly atmosphere and that the girls all get on. The woman goes on to stress how she is not forced to work and that she does not have a pimp, but prefers to work with an agency because "it's more protected and the people who come are more nice". Despite the reported sordid activity that goes inside the Cloisters, normal families also share the building - living along prostitutes in neighbouring apartments. One woman told The Sun's reporter how a man had knocked her door mistaking her home for a brothel. She said residents in the building "see the ladies all the time" and they are often "dressed to kill" and heavily made-up as they are spotted taking clients to their apartments in lifts or getting into taxis for home calls.