Belfast Telegraph

Brothel boss has sentence extended

The Irish head of a family-run international prostitution ring has been sentenced to another decade in prison after refusing to hand over almost 2.2 million euro from his proceeds of crime.

Thomas Carroll, originally from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, was originally jailed for seven years in Wales after being 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 euro against Carroll, warning him an extra 10 years would be added to his sentence if he refused. The default sentence was invoked after he failed to meet the deadline.

Carroll, 49, will continue to owe the outstanding amount with an additional 510 euro 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 gardai over 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 gardai, 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.

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