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Adult services firms escorted into liquidation 23 September 2013

Two connected companies that charged advance fees for jobs in adult films and escort services but failed to deliver, have been wound up in the public interest by the High Court in London.

R.C.M.H. Limited (RCMH) and C&W Pictures Limited (C&W) were wound up on 4 September following petitions from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The investigation found that RCMH traded as an escort agency using a number of trading styles including ‘Class & Whisper’ and/or ‘Client Connections’. Its newspaper and website adverts offered ‘potential escorts work’.

The investigation also found that C&W appeared to have traded under the name ‘Madam Extras’ as a producer of adult films. The company acted in a similar manner to RCMH and placed adverts on its website and in newspapers looking for individuals wishing to appear in adult films.

Geoff Hanna, company investigations supervisor at The Insolvency Service, said: “The public needs to be on their guard against the activities of companies which encourage people to part with cash on vague promises of work or other services that may well not materialise.”

“People need to do their own diligent research into such companies and examine critically any claims made in adverts and on websites offering introductions and other work.”

The investigation found that RCMH traded as an escort agency using a number of trading styles including ‘Class & Whisper’ and/or ‘Client Connections’. Its newspaper and website adverts offered ‘potential escorts work’.

As was the case with RCMH, people contacting C&W were asked to pay various advance fees in the expectation of obtaining such work and associated earnings and royalties. The fees were variously described as ‘production costs’ and ‘insurance’.

In both cases, investigators could not find any records to show the origins and use of the income in the bank accounts, although considerable sums were withdrawn in cash.

 

 

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