Tuesday 21 January 2020

Brothel king gets 10 years added to his jail sentence

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

AN Irishman who ran a string of brothels was yesterday sentenced to an extra decade in prison in Wales for refusing to hand over the proceeds of his crime.

Thomas 'TJ' Carroll (49), from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, was jailed for seven years in 2010 when he was found guilty of controlling prostitution and money laundering.

Last month the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) obtained a confiscation order for €2,197,780.85 against the criminal.

He was warned that his sentence would be extended by 10 years if he refused to hand over the money -- the proceeds of his crime.

Yesterday, that deadline passed and the sentence was invoked. He will continue to owe the amount and incur interest of €510 a day until he pays up.

Carroll owns a number of assets including three houses in South Africa, four in Wales, and four cars.

He operated a network of 35 brothels here and in Northern Ireland from his home in Wales.

His South African partner, Shamiela Clark (33), also admitted to running the racket, which involved a ring of trafficked young women and girls, from their base in Pembrokeshire.

A garda inquiry into the prostitution racket here showed Carroll and his associates were raking in around €70,000 a week before the recession hit.

Carroll and Clark confessed to a charge of money laundering and also pleaded guilty to conspiring to control prostitutes, including women trafficked into Ireland from Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela and Portugal.

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

Rituals

Those from Nigeria were trafficked believing they were escaping to a better life and an education.

Instead, they were subjected to bizarre rituals to scare them into a life of prostitution.

Some of them were forced into coffins and witnessed chickens being slaughtered before they were sent from Nigeria and coerced into the lucrative racket.

The judge in the case ruled that Carroll's assets, including multiple properties, were purchased with the proceeds of crime.

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

Irish Independent

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