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Friday, 22 November, 2002, 17:03 GMT
'Sex slaver' jailed for 10 years
Mustapha Kadiu
Kadiu involved himself "in the bottom end of life"
A "sex slaver" who smuggled a teenager into Britain, raped her and forced her to be a prostitute for up to 20 hours a day has been jailed for 10 years.

Albanian asylum seeker Mustapha Kadiu's 15-year-old Romanian victim, who had been passed from pimp to pimp across Europe, came to London thinking she was to start a new life free from selling her body.

But Kadiu, who brought her to London on false papers, "betrayed her, dominated her, controlled and totally subjected her to his will", in a regime of violence and rape, London's Southwark Crown Court was told.

Kadiu, 32, of Harlesden, north-west London, was found guilty of one count of rape, two of indecent assault and two of living off prostitution - involving both the young girl's earnings and money made by his cousin's wife.

Edmond Ethemi
Edmond Ethemi made his wife work as a prostitute

The teenager worked in string of brothels, seven days a week.

She would often not finish until 7am, hand over takings of up to 500 and snatch a few hours sleep before seeing her next client at 11am.

When, on one occasion, she dared question Kadiu's orders, he threatened her with a knife and beat her, the court was told.

Eventually, after months of increasing desperation, a sympathetic brothel maid helped her escape and she reported her torment to police.

Dreadful suffering

Kadiu showed no emotion as Judge James Wadsworth QC, told him it was "very plain" that he had involved himself "in the very bottom end of life and the most unpleasant of crimes".

He said the girl's "dreadful" suffering in Britain was "entirely as a result of your domination of her".

"You gratified your own greed at the expense of young women and this court is bound to impose a sentence that makes it clear to other men undoubtedly doing the same in London that their sentences will be substantial."

The judge added that while he was ordering Kadiu to register as a sex offender for life upon his release from prison, he was also recommending to the Home Office that he be deported once his sentence was over.

In the dock with him was his cousin, Edmond Ethemi, 21, also of Furness Road, who was jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years for possessing cocaine with intent to supply, and for living on his wife's immoral earnings.

He too would be recommended for deportation upon his release from prison.

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