Belfast Telegraph

Brothel boss told to hand over cash

The head of a family-run prostitution ring has been ordered to hand over almost 2.2 million euro from his proceeds of crime.

Thomas Carroll, jailed for seven years in Wales for controlling prostitution and money-laundering, must give up his criminal gains or face another 10 years behind bars.

A judge at Cardiff Crown Court granted the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) a confiscation order for 2,197,780.85 euro against Carroll.

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

Carroll, 49, originally from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, 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 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 multi-million 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.

In his judgment last Friday, Judge Bidder QC ruled Carroll's assets, including multiple properties, were purchased with the proceeds of crime.

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