Pattaya Daily News

13 February 2009 :: 20:02:04 pm 9514

Four More Years In Jail For Sex Trafficker

Sex slave trafficker Angela Miller, who smuggled Thai girls into the UK to work in Northampton brothels, had four years added to her prison sentence for not paying a £422,000 confiscation order.
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The Thai brothel madam had been given six months to sell all her property in Thailand and pay the £422,000 confiscation order but failed to do so by the deadline.

The new prison term is consecutive to the four years she is currently serving, having been convicted in her absence in September 2000 of controlling and trafficking prostitutes.

It came as a result of police raids by 50 officers on her two Northampton brothels which resulted in the discovery of Joe Ashton, who was Labour MP for Bassetlaw at the time, with a Thai prostitute.

The confiscation order, made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 at Northampton Crown Court a year ago, was intended to require her to sell her penthouse flat, tourist bar, four shops and plots of land in Thailand.

They had all been paid for with part of the estimated £1.2 million fortune she made in the 1990s by forcing unsuspecting Thai girls into the sex trade.

Miller and her ex-husband Ron were arrested in November 1998 when officers raided their two brothels in Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton and one in Leicester.

Up to 18 girls from rural areas in Thailand had been bought from agents for £5,000 and smuggled into the UK on false passports, duped into believing they were to work in bone fide saunas.

But they soon discovered they were expected to sell themselves for £60 and ‘repay’ £10,000 to Miller every three months, only being allowed money for sweets.

Having fled to Thailand and on the run for six years, Miller was extradited to the UK in 2006 and is now serving four years’ imprisonment for controlling prostitutes and people trafficking.

Judge Richard Bray told her in January last year, she had to sell all her assets and pay the confiscation or face four more years, but she failed to do so.

Magistrates in Northampton imposed the further consecutive prison sentence, which must be served in full, yet when Miller is eventually released, she will still owe the money.

Miller, aged 52, was thought to have made £1.2 million since 1991 and hidden the majority of it but the prosecution could only prove about half her estimated fortune.

Investigations in Thailand revealed Miller owns a bar, a brothel and penthouse in Pattaya, bank accounts, four shops and plots of land in Kanchanaburi, on the River Kwai, yet she claimed to have no money and little investments. At one stage, Miller, formerly of Langlands, Northampton, claimed her ex-husband had made off with all her investments.

The full article contains 470 words and appears in Northampton Chron & Echo newspaper.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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