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Brothel madam made pounds 80,000.

A brothel-keeper made almost pounds 80,000 from her South Wales business. Rose Craddock, 38, ran Mystiques in Bridgend - where one room was converted into a dungeon complete with a cage and stocks - with partner Christopher Williams.

In January both were given suspended sentences at Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to operating a brothel.

Last week, Craddock of Megan Close, Gorseinon, Swansea, was back before a judge in the city for an investigation into her ill-gotten gains.

Jane Rowley, prosecuting, said an agreement had been reached with the defence which put her benefit at pounds 79,871.48.

But her only assets were pounds 1,000 cash, a laptop computer and a BMW car - a total value of just pounds 4,850.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC ordered that Craddock hand over that sum or face three months in jail.

A separate, similar hearing against Christopher Williams will be heard at a future date.

The court had previously heard how an investigation by South Wales Police led to a raid on Mystiques in which various outfits and assorted lingerie was seized.

CCTV footage revealed customers being greeted by girls in various states of undress. Inside the premises the officers found a reception area, lounge and five bedrooms, each with a double bed, shower room and sauna.

One room was adapted as a dungeon and equipped with a cage and stocks and there was a store of adult videos.

Judge Hopkins said the court was grateful to the investigating officers in the original case and the proceeds of crime inquiry.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 2, 2007
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