Jail for sex show woman

Jailed: Joanne Burr
Jailed: Joanne Burr

A woman who encouraged a teenage girl to prostitute herself has been jailed for 32 months.

Joanne Burr, 32, told the teenager to “close her eyes and think of the money” as she engaged in a sex show with the youngster for pervert Roy Spencer.

Preston Crown Court heard Burr, of Chapel Street, Coppull, was in financial difficulties and dependant on cocaine when the youngster confided in her she had allowed Spencer to use her as a sex object in a hotel in Chorley as she was desperate for cash.

But rather than helping the youngster, Burr encouraged her to phone Spencer and offer to perform for him at her home. Spencer agreed and £200 was transferred to Burr’s bank account.

Spencer, 73, of no fixed address, was jailed for eight years at Preston Crown Court last week for his part in the sickening abuse of the schoolgirl.

The court heard the victim had a controlling boyfriend and needed £140 to pay off a drugs debt.

Following her ordeal she was admitted to hospital as a result of her trauma and remained as an inpatient until she was able to access the support and help she needed.

Burr pleaded guilty to sexual assault on the basis it was not her idea to perform the sex show.

But Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said: “Even so, you did not take the role of the sensible adult and say no.

“You prepared for it, you allowed your home to be used, you had your own costumes and (accessories).

“I accept that any woman who sells herself for sex is likely to be in a place of desperation but if you as an adult decide to prostitute yourself for money, as you did that night and have done subsequently, then that is your prerogative but do not include a child.

“The sad and simple fact is you used her in order to gain money and you were not thinking of her welfare.”