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The Sun, 16 May 1986 p.11


A judge slammed the scandal of ‘rentboy’ vice rings in London’s West End yesterday as he jailed a gay social worker for four years.

Judge John Hazan QC, said at the Old Bailey: ‘This evil trade must stop.

“One can only hope that the realisation by punters of the dangers of sexual transmission of diseases such as AIDS will give them cause for thought.”

His attack came after Abraham Jacob, 45, was convicted of living off the earnings of teenaged male prostitutes.

The judge told him: “You must learn that young men are not pieces of meat on display on a rack to be sold like merchandise in the market.”

Jacob who cared for the elderly was found guilty by [  ] majority after the jury retired for 14 hours.

The court heard that Jacob, a senior care officer with London’s Islington council worked a gay vice ring called ‘The Meat Rack’ in Piccadilly Circus.

Runaway boys were displayed in Wimpy bar windows for clients to select for sex.

The judge told Jacob: “You are a menace to young men. They are human beings entitled to be treated with dignity.” The judge also praised the police for mounting ‘Operation Circus’ to smash the rings.

News of the World, 14th June 1981

NOTW140681“Kenneth Martin was jailed in 1975 for his part in a child sex ring around the Playland amusement arcade in London’s Piccadilly”. More on Playland here.

Kenneth Martin was also jailed in 1987 during Operation Hedgerow, a police investigation into “Britain’s biggest child sex ring”. Details of Martin’s arrest here and more on Operation Hedgerow here.


The Times (London), 16th May 1986


A judge said yesterday that the “evil trade” in young male prostitution centred at Piccadilly Circus in London had to be stopped.

Judge Hazan QC, said at the Central Criminal Court “It should be obvious to everybody that no civilized society can accept such a situation”.

The judge spoke out when he jailed Abraham Jacob, aged 45, a social worker for Islington council for four years for helping to organize a vice ring using boys and youths.

Jacob of Holland Walk, Holloway, a former schoolmaster and trainee priest, was convicted of living off immoral earnings of male prostitutes known as “rent boys”.

The court was told that Jacob, whose social work was with the elderly, was among 40 men arrested in a police operation codenamed Circus which lasted five months and involved 100 officers. More than 250 young people were interviewed in connection with the vice racket.

Jacob was seen to take money from rent boys and their clients. He made “introductions” and was photographed by police officers who saw him collect up to £40 a night.

Passing sentence, Judge Hazan said Jacob and several other men previously jailed acted as “ponces” and helped to advertise Piccadilly Circus as a “pick-up point”.

The judge described Jacob as a menace and said he had helped in the “degradation and dehumanization” of young people from broken homes.