A Filipina prostitute has emerged as a central figure in a police probe involving the late Prime Minister Edward Heath’s alleged sexual abuse of children.
67-Year-Old Myra ‘Ling-Ling’ Forde, who ran a brothel close to the late PM’s home in Salisbury is the main subject of the sexual abuse probe.
Forde has been jailed twice in the UK for prostitution. She also operated as a madam for a house of prostitution in the town of Wiltshire where Heath lived after leaving office.
Forde allegedly had her charges of prostitution dropped after she threatened to expose Heath as a paedophile in the 1990s.
Heath headed the Conservative government of the UK between 1970 and 1974 and never married. He died in 2005 at the age of 89.
Heath is now a among the latest targets of Scotland Yard in an operation they pegged “Operation Midland,” an investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring that operated in the 70s and 80s.
Allegations being investigated by Metropolitan Police include claims that Heath raped a 12-year-old boy in London in the early 1960s.
Despite Forde’s threats against Heath to drop all charges, she was convicted of prostitution in the 1995 for running a brothel filled with minors.
Forde admitted to becoming a prostitute herself in the early 1990s after falling behind on her mortgage payments. She denied that she recruited children or ran a brothel of any kind.
After leaving prison she once again returned to prostitution and was arrested again in 2009 on suspicion of running a brothel. She plead guilty on the charges and was sentenced to five years in prison and fined £25,000.
Just last year a retired senior detective said that police quietly dropped attempts to originally prosecute Forde in order to protect the reputation of the Heath, the former Tory Leader.
An Independent Police Complaint is now bringing back the past and the police of Wiltshire are investigating the allegations against Forde.
Wiltshire police are asking anyone involved in the situation or possible victims of Heath, to come forward.