A gang boss who became the first person in Scotland convicted of sex trafficking has had £45,000 seized by the authorities.
Stephen Craig had previously been jailed for three years and eight months for the organised crime.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court in Tuesday a confiscation order was made against the 35-year-old as the Crown found that the cash from his criminal lifestyle was the only amount available to them.
Craig and co-accused vice girl Ashleigh Beukan were convicted to human trafficking for sexual exploitation in September last year.
Lindsey Miller, head of the Crown’s serious and organised crime division, said that in the past six years Craig, of Clydebank, had earned around £236,000 from the sex trafficking operation, which involved transporting 14 men and women around cities in Scotland, England and Wales for sex.
She added: "His conviction, along with that of his co-accused Ashleigh Beukan in September last year, was a landmark case for human trafficking in Scotland. By virtue of this conviction, Stephen Craig was deemed to have committed a lifestyle offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This meant we could ask forensic accountants to look at all of his income during the six years leading up to his arrest who calculated he benefited to the sum of £236,651 in that period.
"Today's confiscation order for £45,000 represents the full amount which is available to us at this time from Stephen Craig. We will continue to do all in our power to disrupt those who traffic and trade in human beings for profit, by depriving them of their ill-gotten gains and preventing them from re-investing in further criminal activities."
Craig and 23-year-old Beukan were involved in running and managing brothels throughout the UK. Beukan, of Leith, Edinburgh, was jailed for one and a half years for her part in the sex trafficking operation.
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