Woman jailed over vice dens
A VICE madam in charge of three brothels, which made £200,000 in a matter of months, has been jailed.Mother-of-three Suzanna Culling was yesterday sentenced to three months in custody after pleading guilty to six counts of running brothels.
A VICE madam in charge of three brothels, which made £200,000 in a matter of months, has been jailed.
Mother-of-three Suzanna Culling was yesterday sentenced to three months in custody after pleading guilty to six counts of running brothels.
Sentencing Culling – whose three establishments in total raked in an average £10,000 a week – Judge Seddon Cripps said he had "duty to the public to mark the seriousness of this crime".
"Nothing was done to draw attention to the brothels in otherwise thoroughly picturesque areas," Judge Cripps said.
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"But the offences are on the serious end of the scale and they have to warrant a custodial sentence. You have previous convictions for running brothels and this time you ran not one, not two, but three brothels at the same time."
Culling, 38, of Earls Green, Haverhill, had pleaded guilty to six offences of running brothels when she appeared before magistrates in November.
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Dominic Lewis, prosecuting, told St Albans Crown Court the charges related to March 15, 2004, until July 14, 2004, when she ran brothels in Radlett and Berkhampstead in Hertfordshire and a third in a flat in Ravensworth Gardens, Cambridge.
The court heard each establishment was staffed by one working girl on a rota basis and a maid while Culling would use local newspapers to advertise the business offering "discrete adult pleasure".
After police raided all three brothels last July and arrested Culling, she admitted managing the brothels and said half of the profits went to the girls and half to each house.
Mr Lewis said an average week would make £10,000 with each brothel earning more than £3,500 – although the prosecution said this figure would be shared between the relevant people.
Andrew Newton, mitigating, described the effect the legal proceedings had on Culling and her young family as "considerable".
He said: "My client has three children – one with an attention deficit disorder and one just five months old, who was born since these proceedings commenced – the effect this case has had, not only on her but her whole family, has been truly devastating."
The court heard Culling had previously been fined for brothel-keeping in March 1993 and cautioned in 1999 for a similar offence.
Judge Cripps also sentenced Culling for breaching a restraining order which prevented her from selling a Toyota MR2 car after her arrest.
Culling said she had used the £9,250 she had made for the car to set up a beauty business in Linton, near Haverhill, called the Linton Beauty Clinic. She was given two three-month custodial sentences for running the brothels and a further three months for breaching the restraining order, all to run concurrently.