Kenyan prostitution agency leader sentenced to 10 years in prison in UK for running brothels

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH JULY 2018-A Kenyan woman has been sentenced to  10 years in prison in the UK for running two brothels.She was also accused of having enslaved  a Romanian woman.

Hannah Wambui Muya her real Kenyan name from  Kahurura forest where her parents were squatters. She later changed her name to Ann Wambui Muya. while in Uk she was known as Ann O’Brien .

An account is given  about chilling Revelations on her prostitution empire in the UK that saw her become millionaire.In 1997  She opened her first three-girl escort agency in UK  and expanded to managing 40 prostitutes and paying thousands of pounds into 27 bank accounts.

She was also running two websites dubbed ‘Brothels on Wheels’ which sent girls to homes and hotel rooms.

The Daily Mail reports that  her sex menu offered services for between Ksh5,000 to Ksh20,000 depending on the degree of sexual contact with girls from as far as Thailand, Brazil and Sweden.

In 2005 she was convicted of three counts of controlling prostitution, but was let off with a 180-community punishment order and ordered to pay back Sh80 million.

Ann O’Brien and her husband Carroll./COURTESY

But soon after she started her business again with her husband, Martin Carroll and sister, Elizabeth Muya running a 24-hour service with three shifts of prostitutes for her many clients.

And to ensure potential customers knew how to find her girls, the brothel keeper – known in Kenya variously as Wangeci, Wangui or Cherono – placed thousands of pictures of the girls, naked and with their telephone numbers, on cards she left in phone booths throughout the city.

Ann O’Brien’s life of selling illicit love was first revealed when she appeared at a UK court and was found guilty of three counts of controlling prostitutes between October 10, 2003, and April 15 2004.

On Tuesday she was convicted of charges including conspiracy to control prostitution for gain, facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

O’Brien’s sister, Elizabeth Muya and her husband Martin Carroll assisted the madam in running her prostitution network.

Muya was jailed for 21 months while Carroll, received a suspended sentence.

The police began investigating her on March 22, 2017 at Stansted Airport when a Romanian man and woman made UK Border Force officers suspicious.

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