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Two Leamington men jailed for raping 18-year-old escort

Published in The Kenilworth Weekly News
1st September 2014


Warwickshire
Two Leamington men have been jailed for raping an 18-year-old girl who had been working as an escort in the town. Sandeep Kumar and Jaskaran Ghuman, both of Clarendon Avenue, claimed their sexual activity with the teenager had been with her consent.

But a jury at Warwick Crown Court at Warwickshire Justice Centre on Friday rejected their versions of what happened and convicted Kumar, 28, of two charges of rape and Ghuman, 23, of one charge.

Ghuman was jailed for eight years, while Khumar, who was tried in his absence after absconding while on bail and has still not been caught, was jailed for ten years.

And Judge Alan Parker said: “It is believed he is on the Indian sub-continent, and steps will have to be taken to extradite him to the UK to begin serving his sentence.” Outlining the case, he said that the victim ‘worked as an escort in circumstances where sometimes she offered sexual services for money.’ But he stressed: “She is as entitled to the protection of the law as anyone else.”

On the evening of the rapes the young woman, who used social media to attract custom, had travelled to Leamington from her home in Northamptonshire, by taxi. But the man who had booked her and paid for the taxi, and with whom she expected to spend the night, backed out of their arrangement and left her stranded in Leamington town centre.

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On-the-run human trafficker Vladimir Ismaili jailed

Published by The BBC
28th August 2014


West Midlands
A man who forced two Lithuanian women into prostitution and blackmailed them but then disappeared before his trial in 2006 has been jailed. Albanian Vladimir Ismaili, 40, formerly of Harnall Lane, Coventry, was part of a trafficking gang and sentenced to 14 years in his absence eight years ago. He was apprehended in Greece in June and escorted to the UK.

Appearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, he was jailed for a further 172 days for failing to attend court.

He and six others were convicted of sex trafficking, causing prostitution for gain and blackmail at the same court in December 2006.

The two victims, from separate villages in Lithuania, said they were told they could make money in England by working in bars or as cleaners. But they said they were driven to a hotel in Coventry and separated before being forced to work as prostitutes there and in Manchester.

One woman was raped by one of the defendants, the court heard. She managed to alert relatives who called Lithuanian authorities leading to the arrest of Ismaili and an associate.

The six defendants jailed in 2006 were given sentences varying between three and 11 years. But Ismaili went missing in September 2006, three months before his trial, sparking a manhunt involving officers from Warwickshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, Lithuanian police, the National Crime Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad.

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Brentwood prostitution ring suspect is bailed

Published in The Brentwood Gazette
28th August 2014


Essex
A Brentwood man arrested in connection with child prostitution has been released on bail.

The 68-year-old, who was arrested following the execution of a search warrant yesterday morning, will answer bail in November.

He was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to arrange or facilitate the prostitution of a child under the age of 18, intentionally controlling the activities of another in relation to prostitution and supplying Class A and B drugs.

A 38-year-old man from Shoeburyness, who was also arrested on suspicion of the same three offences, was also bailed.


The arrests follow investigations into the activities of an Essex-based escort agency, Girls4U by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

Anyone with information about the Girls4U website should contact the investigation team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111