Raymond Hawthorne

Raymond Hawthorne (22/02/1964), of no fixed address, admitted controlling a child prostitute, controlling prostitution for gain (in relation to adult prostitutes he was controlling) as well as breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and sex offender registration.

At Bolton Crown Court today, Friday 6 June 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years on extended license .

In 2003 Hawthorne ‘bought’ a 14-year-old boy, who he prostituted up to eight times a day over a week long period, while also controlling men who he prostituted by advertising their services through printed publications such as Loot, taking as much as a 70% cut of any money paid to them.

He was subsequently convicted of child abduction and conspiracy to commit indecent assault on a child, for which he was given a sentence of seven years in jail. This was later extended to nine years on appeal.