During questioning, Tim Blake-Bowell claimed he had started the brothel in June 2006 in order to give his wife some financial independence and so she could work in a safe, controlled environment.
He said she had had bad experiences in the sex industry in the past.
The couple also said they had set up the brothel as a co-operative for women working individually and denied making a profit themselves.
The court heard that Tim Blake-Bowell was responsible for the financial side of the operation, paying the six women they employed and taking care of bills and rent.
His wife was in charge of the day-to-day running of the business.
The couple, both of whom sold themselves for sex, spent £1,400 a month on adverts in local newspapers under the name "Pandora's" or "Jem's", offering "discreet personal services".