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Sex slavery gang of six jailed

top: Edward Facuna, Ali Arslan, Valmir Gjetia. Bottom: Martin Doci, Mesut Arslan, Roman Pacan
The gang bought and sold eastern European women into the sex trade

Six men who sold eastern European women into sex slavery have been jailed.

The gang's youngest victim, a 16-year-old Slovakian, told Southwark Crown Court she was lured to Britain with promises of a well-paid job.

The main defendant, Ali Arslan, 43, of Newnton Close, Stamford Hill, north London, admitted two counts of keeping brothels and was jailed for 14 years.

The others, who were convicted of a range of offences, were jailed for between two-and-a-half and 11 years.

Details of the 16-year-old victim's ordeal, and that of 22-year-old from Lithuania, were heard over the course of the six-week trial.

Both women were lured to Britain by male friends of the family who quickly sold them to brothel owners.

'Despicable'

Jeremy Dunn-Shaw, prosecuting, said the six men "shared a common greed at the expense of vulnerable women".

Passing sentence, Judge Martin Beddoe said what happened to the two women was "despicable and cannot be tolerated in a civilised society."

He went on to say that the women's ordeal, which included being sold and traded between brothel owners, raped and beaten repeatedly and held under lock and key, is evidence that slavery is "alive and well, and this is what this case has essentially been about."

Arslan's brother-in-law, Turhish national Mesut Arslan, 26, from Harrowgate Road, Upton, east London, was found guilty of keeping a brothel and one court of child prostitution and jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Slovakian Edward Facuna, 54, of St Mary's Court, Peterborough, and Czech-born Roman Pacan, 39, of Parliament Street, Peterborough, were found guilty of trafficking the teenager into the UK for sexual exploitation and received 11 years each.

Kosovan Martin Doci, 29, of Vale Road, Upton, east London, was also convicted of controlling child prostitution as well as trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation and was jailed for 11 years.

Albanian Valmir Gjetja, 29, of Avon Road, Greenford, Middlesex, was convicted of controlling prostitution and handed a three-year term.



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