Adam Bennett advertises escort agency

Nouse received a letter last month accusing Adam Bennett of advertsing escort services on campus. Photo: Justyn Hardcastle

Nouse received a letter last month accusing Adam Bennett of advertsing escort services on campus. Photo: Justyn Hardcastle

The on-campus letting agency, Adam Bennett, has been accused of advertising escort services from its office above Costcutter.

Bennett has strongly denied the accusations, calling them “wholly fictitious and libellous”, despite Nouse finding that the mobile phone number of an escort service is the same number as that being advertised as ‘Browns of Heslington Removal Services’ in Bennett’s window.

On April 13, Nouse received an anonymous letter, with a Leeds postmark.

The author made numerous claims, one of which was that Bennett was allowing a member of staff to advertise escort services, for the website www.escortmale.co.uk, from his office window on campus.

At the time of investigation the domain name of the named website was active. It advertised the services of a middle-aged, male escort, working in York and the surrounding area. It also contained a list of prices for the various services and personal details about the escort.

Nouse registered on the website, giving a name, email, and phone number, and sent a question to the escort using the given contact form. The escort from the website then replied to the question via text message. The number of the escort is the same number as that being displayed as “Browns of York” in Adam Bennett’s office window on campus.

Bennett has continued to strongly denies any connection of his company with the escort agency, despite being presented with the full content of the letter, and the results found by Nouse.

Bennett issued a statement, saying that “Adambennett.co.uk were not aware of the existence of the website you mentioned, or of the alleged activities of this person”.

He continued to explain that “the driver was allowed to put an advert in our window for his removal service because during his time working for us he had proved himself to be presentable, reliable, well-mannered and hardworking.”

The letter in question also made numerous other allegations about the member of staff, although Nouse was unable to find any evidence at all to support them.

Bennett said that he had been “told from more than one source” that the author of the letter has “connections with another letting agency”, and that he believes it to be “mischief” which was created to harm his new business.

The author of the letter left no name, stating: “I cannot risk giving my name… I don’t want to identify myself as I have taken a house with this agency and don’t want any revenge against my group.”

A second year Politics student called the situation “disgraceful”, stating that “students should be made aware of what’s happening on campus”. He continued to add that “the University has had so much trouble with these letting agencies, I don’t know why they are still letting space to them.”

One second year Economics student has argued, however, that the fact the number on the advert was the same number as the male prostitute was “irrelevant”, adding that “whatever he does in his spare time is alright”.

The University Press Officer David Garner has denied any necessity for the University to intervene in the situation, stating that “this is an internal matter for the tenant”.

The website in question now no longer exists.

9 comments

  1. A fourth year Computer Science student called the situation “mildly amusing”.

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  2. this article is so pointless.

    “One second year Economics student has argued, however, that the fact the number on the advert was the same number as the male prostitute was “irrelevant”, adding that “whatever he does in his spare time is alright”.”

    Pretty much right. There’s nothing in that article to imply he was trying to suggest his services, no dirty jokes, etc. He’s hardly going to lead you to the van, only for the poor disillusioned student to find out that he/she is actually paying for a mobile boudoir. It’s a service, as well as another he provides, being advertised: not HIM. Not his prostitution business, nothinggg but moving your crap from A to B.

    Obviously it’d probably be more desirable for him to have two different business phones, but whatever… Leave the poor guy alone and stop suggesting they’re pimping him out it’s pathetic!

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  3. Oh for goodness sake of course it is an important issue. It’s stupid to think that this is irrelevant. The phone number for an escort is the same as for the letting agency?

    As in, if I have a problem with my oven, I try to phone the company and find a male escort trying to persuade me to use his services? Sounds great. Actually, no, wait… it sounds sickening. Especially when they shouldn’t be in market square anyway. Bah.

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  4. Jason, according to the article it’s actually the phone number for a moving company advertised in the window of the letting agency that’s the same as the male escort, not the letting agency itself. The accusation is that there’s a link, not that they’re the same person.

    http://webwhois.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=escortmale.co.uk&WHOIS+Submit.x=45&WHOIS+Submit.y=7 shows who escortmale.co.uk is registered to Karl Brown, perhaps the same as this “Browns of York” moving thingy (and presumably unrelated to the sandwich shop?)

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  5. 5 May ’10 at 9:59 am

    Chris Venables

    A complete non-story.

    Big deal, the individual involved used the same phone number for his removal service as for his escort service. Doing so was a mistake, but this article completely misrepresents the entire situation.

    Furthermore, this article raises the greater issue of the demonisation of the sex industry in this country. We would not expect the same response to a similar story involving, for example, a removal man using the same number for his yoga classes.

    Ccongratulations Nouse on yet another junk article.

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  6. ~J, read the article. It’s for a moving service. Also, do you think that he would be foolish enough to advertise one business solely to customers enquiring about BOTH?

    Surely, he would say “hello it’s xxxx here” and then the customer enquires about which service they want- whether it be moving or a bj…

    Also, bearing in mind prostitution is dodgy territory I highly doubt he’d advertise it to any one with access to his number- I would be surprised if he was foolish enough to just be like HI ITS XXX PROSTITUTION WHATDYA WANT BABEEZ to any potential customer…because especially at the end of term he’s gonna be making a lot of money (potentially an alien concept to you, business…) from these moves so why would he jeopardise that?

    You need to take your problems with the sex industry to a therapist boy. They’re not all forcing it down your throats, it’s not wrong. I wouldn’t care if a prostitute wanted to help me move my stuff- it’s their lifestyle choice. They’re not disease ridden, lesser people, or dangerous people. Stop taking the media’s portrayal of sex workers as a given- yes some have drug dependencies but I’m highly doubting that a letting agency would condone some one without vetting them first- and any drug dependency would have been obvious.

    This guy is doing it to make money which imo is fair enough. Good for him, stop judging him by your own middle class up bringings.

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  7. Jason pipe down.

    This amuses me more than anything. Poor Adam Bennett must hate the campus press!

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  8. Yeah, I did skip the paragraph where it specified “removal service”…

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  9. “Adambennett.co.uk were not aware of the existence of the website you mentioned, or of the alleged activities of this person”.

    “The website in question now no longer exists.”

    Seems too much like a coincidence. If there is nothing wrong why is site no longer on line? Adambennett.co.uk is a website and could not know anything!

    Anyhow storm in a teacup. Obviously some connection but so what?

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