Brothel madam must repay £50k
A MOTHER-of-six has been ordered to repay £50,000 she earned from running a sex den at her Suffolk home.Michelle Pfeiffer, 37, admitted managing the brothel at Jarman Close, Bury St Edmunds, between May 2004 and February 2006.
A MOTHER-of-six has been ordered to repay £50,000 she earned from running a sex den at her Suffolk home.
Michelle Pfeiffer, 37, admitted managing the brothel at Jarman Close, Bury St Edmunds, between May 2004 and February 2006.
She also used a rented property in The Curlews, in Bury, to store the “paraphernalia” she needed for her profession.
Despite initially pleading not guilty to the charge, Pfeiffer - who was due to stand trial at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday - changed her plea to guilty at the last minute.
As well as being ordered to pay back the money she made from the brothel, she was sentenced to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, and was told to make a £2,000 contribution towards court costs.
Stephen Dyble, prosecuting, said Pfeiffer's brothel had been part of a national operation, and involved clients telephoning numbers printed in national newspapers.
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On calling Pfeiffer, they would be offered a massage for £20, and told that all other services were “reasonable”.
Mr Dyble said clients were offered two girls aged 22, one blonde and the other of mixed race.
He added: “She said that 'if you bring £100, you go away with change.'
“On February 9, police raided and searched number three Jarman Close, and number nine The Curlews, where the defendant was found.”
Mr Dyble said that police discovered paraphernalia at both addresses, including handcuffs, whips, various sets of leather boots, and a “library of pornography”.
He said: “The property found in The Curlews was used as and when required.
“She was arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Station, where she answered 'no comment' to all questions.”
Judge John Holt said Pfeiffer had to be punished.
He said: “Although you thought it was going to be profitable, you have now learnt that crime does not pay.
“Your financial gain has been established as being £50,000, and I have made an order that you repay that money within six months.
“If you do not, there will be a period of nine months in prison.”
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