Brothel boss has sentence extended

The head of a family-run international prostitution ring has been sentenced to another decade in prison after refusing to hand over €2,197,780.85 from his proceeds of crime.

The head of a family-run international prostitution ring has been sentenced to another decade in prison after refusing to hand over €2,197,780.85 from his proceeds of crime.

Irishman Thomas Carroll was originally jailed for seven years in Wales after been found guilty in 2010 of controlling prostitution and money-laundering.

Last month, the brothel boss was also ordered to give up his criminal gains or see his term behind bars more than doubled.

A judge at Cardiff Crown Court granted the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) a confiscation order for €2,197,780.85 against Carroll, warning him an extra 10 years would be added to his sentence if he refused.

The default sentence was invoked today after he failed to meet the deadline.

Carroll, 49, originally from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow will continue to owe the outstanding amount with an additional €510 per day accruing in interest.

His assets include four houses in Wales, three houses in South Africa and four cars, including two Mercedes.

The vice ring chief fled to Wales to avoid prosecution when he was quizzed by gardaí about his network of brothels.

He continued to run his family business from a rented house in the small hamlet of Castlemartin, in Pembrokeshire, with his partner Shamiela Clark, 33, and his 27-year-old daughter Toma Carroll.

Both women are also in prison for their roles in running the multimillion-euro prostitution network, which involved trafficking Nigerian women into Ireland and forcing them to work as prostitutes all over the country.

The three were convicted in February 2010 after an international investigation by gardaí, the PSNI and Soca.

Judge Bidder QC ruled Carroll’s assets, including multiple properties, were purchased with the proceeds of crime and that he was prepared to squirrel them away in properties abroad.

“He is a convicted money-launderer. He is determined and astute,” he said.

The court previously heard one room in the house in Wales was a dedicated call centre where they co-ordinated their clients’ calls – receiving up to 300 in any one day for all their brothels throughout the UK and Ireland.

Some women, mainly from Europe, were recruited through advertisements on the internet and through publications in the UK.

Others from Nigeria were trafficked into the UK believing they were escaping to a better life. They were told they would be educated and become hairdressers or seamstresses.

Instead, young women and girls were subjected to bizarre rituals to scare them into a life of prostitution.

Some were shoved into coffins and witnessed chicken slaughter before they were trafficked from Nigeria and coerced into the prostitution ring.

Last year Clark was sentenced to two and a half years for conspiracy to control prostitution and one year for conspiracy to money laundering, to run consecutively.

A confiscation order was also granted against her for €415,000. A default sentence of three years imprisonment was imposed.

Meanwhile, Toma Carroll was jailed for two years for money laundering.

The court had heard that, from 2002, increasing amounts of money were deposited into her bank account.

In 2006, €111,000 was deposited, in 2007 €1.13m and in 2008 €500,000.

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