Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking

The woman was one of six who were rescued after being brought into the UK to work in brothels - now two men from Manchester have been jailed

A harrowing diary laid bare the trauma of a woman tricked into prostitution by a gang of people traffickers.

The woman was one of six who were rescued after being brought into the UK to work in brothels.

Treated like ‘commodities’, the women were traded between pimps without regard for their ‘human rights’, police say.

Firearms and cash were among items seized after search warrants were executed at a string of addresses, and now two men from Manchester have been jailed.

Catalin Mihalescu, 44, of Wadeson Road, Ardwick , and Valentin Poiana, 40, of Orchard Street, Didsbury , both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to arrange the travel of other persons for the purposes of exploitation.

Mihailescu was jailed for 44 months and Poiana for 14 months.

The two were among a gang who brought Romanian women into the UK to work as prostitutes in brothels, a court heard.

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Police found a moving journal kept by one of the women.

She believed she was brought to the UK to have a relationship with her captor and wrote: “I thought that the sun will eventually shine in my life but I was wrong and the mist doesn’t seem to want to go away.

“I feel sad and tired, ill and fragile. I feel like I’m suffocating. I need some help to go through this and I want strength. My arms are heavy and my legs are numb, my head aches and it gets worse when I think about all the women around him.”

Search warrants were executed in Manchester, Lancashire, Northampton and Luton in November last year under a Lancashire Police operation codenamed ‘Magician’.

Six men and a woman were convicted in total.

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