Dominatrix to be deported for international ‘sex den’ bust in UK town

A dominatrix is to be deported to Portugal after her international “sex den” in a posh British town was uncovered by police. Fabiana De Souza, 42, and her British husband Gareth Derby, 53, ran an international sex-trafficking and prostitution ring together. The pair were jailed for five years each in February, after being found guilty of “flying in” sex workers to the UK from Europe and South America.

Ms De Souza was said to be the ringleader of the “large-scale commercial operation”.

She provided dominatrix and discipline services in upmarket Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 

The couple appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, May 2, for a financial-confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act to determine how much they need to pay back.

Defence barrister Michael Fullerton said that full analysis of the defendants’ assets and finances had not yet been completed and De Souza had yet to provide her own statements.

He said the defence would be contesting the undisclosed sum being sought by the prosecution.

He has also asked for a postponed date to no later than August 21 – when Ms De Souza is set to be deported from the country. 

A court previously heard how, together with Mr Derby, she flew in sex workers from Brazil and Portugal.

The couple paid for their flights and met them at airports.

They then took them away to seedy sex dens whereBr men paid for “massages” and “full services”.

The court heard the women were put at “significant financial disadvantage”, and were forced to lie to police.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley KC said the couple treated the women like “commodities” as they made massive sums from their illicit trade.

Ms De Souza and Mr Derby ran the business from their home in Norfolk. 

They were arrested in August 2018 and charged with controlling prostitution for financial gain and human trafficking.

Mr Derby said only that he had an “inkling that Fabia worked at the Harrogate flat as a dominatrix”.

In a text sent to a friend in January 2018, he boasted of being a “smuggler of women”.

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They each denied the charges, but a jury found them guilty on both counts following a two week trial in December.

Mr Lumley said De Souza rented a two-bed flat in Harrogate town centre through a letting agency “so it could be used for sex which would be advertised on the internet by these two defendants”.

He added: “There was another (rented) flat in Norfolk put to similar use and when that became unavailable, even the home of these defendants was converted for use by sex workers.”

Adverts were placed on classified escort websites Viva Street and Adult Work, and included descriptions of the women.

They took the bookings and “made the arrangements (with the clients)” who would pay various amounts – from £80 for half an hour to over £1,000 for an overnight stay.

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