ISABELLA QAZI managed the vice den in Glasgow’s east end where a string of women sold sex, including Winifred Archibald, 61
A 70-YEAR-OLD gran has been revealed as the unlikely madam of a brothel.
Isabella Qazi managed the vice den where a string of women sold sex, including “star turn” Winifred Archibald, 61, who worked under the name “Alexis”.
But the flat was raided after a tip-off and Qazi was convicted of brothel-keeping after punters gave evidence against her in court.
A source said: “Qazi was described by her own lawyer as ‘no spring chicken’ and the place she ran was noted for employing more mature women. There was a star turn, Alexis.”
Qazi, from Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, ran the business – which claimed to be a massage parlour – in a tenement flat in Glasgow’s Dennistoun between 2003 and 2012.
She denied managing a brothel but was convicted unanimously by a jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week.
One punter told the court he went there “to have sexual relations”. He said he found out about it via ads in the Daily Sport.
He said there was a £10 entry fee to the flat, adding: “You would get a massage. At the end of the massage, I would be asked if I wanted something else.”
The court heard it was £50 or £60 for sex.
Another man described the prostitute he had sex with as “an older lady”.
He told police: “When I phoned up, the girl said it was Alexis who was working.”
She and fellow brothel worker Agnes Stephenson, 57, known as Marie, both told the jury that Qazi was never involved in conversations about the extra services.
The court heard intelligence led police to the flat and Archibald, who is hard of hearing, was there when it was raided.
Sex toys were found inside and a man who was leaving told police he had just paid for sex.