Warrant issued The life and crimes of brothel boss Martin 'The Beast' Morgan
Brothel boss Martin ‘The Beast’ Morgan is now facing extradition and arrest after trying to dodge handing over three-months' worth of ill-gotten gains.
But it is not the first time he has come to the attention of the gardai.
For years the Kildare native dominated Ireland’s sleazy sex trade throughout the 1990s and the early years of the boom in the 2000s.
It made him a very rich man even if he settled, in 2001, a €600,000 demand from the Criminal Assets Bureau.
He mostly stayed in London from where he ran his business, but his preference for ‘hands-on’ control led him to his one and only stint behind bars.
The Beast had been the prime target of an anti-vice operation in Dublin and when they raided a city-centre brothel he was picking out a prostitute for sex.
The fallout from that arrest continued this week in the High Court where a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The Beast failed to pay €243,000 which had been calculated as the profit he made from the brothel between August and October in 2005.
At his criminal trial the lowest income from a single night of the brothel’s operation was €4,100.
After serving two years behind bars, he turned up for one of the court hearings in 2012 in a bid to hold onto the cash made off the backs of prostitutes.
Back then Morgan wasn’t in a mood to give a run-down of his life as Ireland’s biggest pimp.
His immediate response was to break into a toothy grin when I told him I worked for the Sunday World.
"Are you? Why would you have a shite job like that?" he asked in a high-pitched voice dripping with sarcasm.
Asked if he would be prepared to talk about his life and times in the sex trade, he suggested that he would rather not.
"I would rather talk to snakes, so I would," he said, maintaining a stiff smile.
Asked about a Sunday World interview in which his own sister branded him as a "scumbag", he said that he had read it.
"I did read it, it was very good, you did a very good job," he said.
His older sister Marian, who had previously spoken to the Sunday World, knew exactly what her beast brother is really like.
“Martin is just scum of the earth. He’s just a dirt bag. What kind of scumbag would do that to other people’s daughters?” she asked at her London home.
Marion Morgan said at the time she had been horrified to learn how her younger brother became heavily involved in prostitution with acquaintances she also knew.
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“He got into it after my mother died in 1990. At the time he was supplying security for the brothels,” she said.
He started in the sex trade as a bag man and heavy for Tom ‘Condy’ McDonnell who ran brothels in Dublin.
Morgan then went into business for himself with ex-RUC officer and convicted pimp Peter McCormick before branching out on his own.
During the 2005 criminal trial the judge described Morgan's business as "a magnificent operation, highly sophisticated and highly rewarding and not a petty little business working on a shoestring."
The Beast unsuccessfully tried to portray himself as an ordinary builder and family man who had nothing to do with the sex industry.
Morgan’s operations, however, pale in comparison to the multi-million digital empire built by his old partner McCormick.
His Escorts Ireland website has a virtual monopoly on advertising brothels and prostitutes in Ireland.
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