TWO members of a family who ran a Harrow brothel were jailed yesterday for their role in a £1m vice ring.

Sixty-year-old Spencer Rolfe and his sister, Adele Lubin, 61, were sent down for 15 months, while her son, David Howard, 40, was sentenced to six months suspended for two years.

Police busted the family in April last year, after raiding four different brothels, including one in Kenton Road, where they found two suspected prostitutes.

In total police found 17 women believed to be sex workers during the raids, which all took place in north London.

Detective Superintendent Dave Eyles, in charge of the operation, said: “Some may wrongly believe that this is a victimless crime. However, it traps and controls women who are left with no choice other than to concede to their exploitation.

“The women we recovered from the trio's brothels were often working 11 hours a day and made to service hundreds of men a week.”

The family were arrested following a four-month investigation, codenamed Acebo, by police from the Met's Clubs and Vice Unit, who had been tipped off by a safer neighbourhood team.

Rolfe told police some of the girls had been working for him for three years, including from his home in Mill Hill, where he was eventually arrested.

Lubin and Howard were also arrested after the raids at their houses in Hendon and Canvey Island, Essex.

The brothel in Kenton Road has now been shut down and its current occupants were not involved in the illegal activities police believe took place there.

The trio were charged with conspiracy to control prostitution for gain on April 25, and were found guilty on Wednesday, July 9.

Howard has been ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.

Police are currently investigating the possibility of confiscating money they raised through the brothels.

Detective Superintendent Eyles said: “This was a well-run, extremely well-organized vice business that was certainly cash rich. The trio had no source of income other than their vice business.”