Supreme69 brothel madam from Gospel Oak told prison sentence ‘richly deserved’
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A Gospel Oak woman who lived a life of luxury on the back of profits from prostitution deserved every day of her sentence, top judges have ruled.
Natalia Cannon, 35, of Lisburne Road, shopped and had a safety deposit box at Harrods and, when arrested, was in a £1.5million flat in Chelsea Harbour on the River Thames.
The money to fund her lifestyle came from a website which she ran advertising the services of scores of young women and from a string of properties which were used as brothels.
In June, Cannon was convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain and having criminal property. She was jailed for six years.
On December 11 Lady Justice Rafferty, Judge Jeremy Carey and Mr Justice Foskett, at the Court of Appeal, said the sentence was richly deserved.
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The court heard Cannon owned and operated a website known as Supreme69, which was linked to more than 100 women at any time.
She was also controlling the activities of some of the women directly through numerous properties across west London.
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When she was arrested at the £1.5m apartment, she was in the process of leaving the country.
Police found £14,000 in cash in her luggage and on her person. Analysis of her bank accounts revealed incoming payments of about £15,000 a month.
Cannon was initially charged, with others, with an offence of conspiring to traffic one of the women for sexual exploitation.
However, she was acquitted of that on the direction of the trial judge because there was not enough evidence to prove she was involved.
At the December 11 hearing, her lawyers argued that her prison sentence was far too long.
Her offence did not include some of the more serious factors other similar cases involve.
Giving judgment, Judge Jeremy Carey said the trial judge had heard the evidence and been able to assess Cannon’s part in the overall crime.
“He was careful to be faithful to the decision he himself made, namely that there was insufficient evidence to link the appellant to the conspiracy to traffic,” he said.
“There was ample evidence to show just how extensive was this appellant’s criminal activity.
“The evidence pointed strongly to the conclusion that her operation was highly commercial and involved keeping numerous brothels, but also that the financial gain was considerable.”
The appeal was dismissed.