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Romanian women human trafficked to work as sex slaves at Maldon bungalow brothel, court hears

Published in The Essex Chronicle
8th April 2015


Essex
A WOMAN brought to the UK and forced to work as a sex slave was told she could "make easy money if she let it happen" on her way to the country, a court heard yesterday. Gheorge-Laurentiu Negreanu, 24, who was accompanied by a translator as he appeared before Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC in Chelmsford Crown Court, is accused of importing women over from Romania to work in his brothel, a bungalow in Wycke Hill, Maldon.

It was also alleged that he was involved in controlling the actions of two women, and ran and managed the brothel along with two other co-defendants, who fled back to their homeland.

Opening the prosecution, Richard Burrington told the jury: "These women were brought over to the UK under false pretences; for instance with the offer of a legitimate job waiting for them. In reality, their arrival was so they could work as prostitutes." Mr Burrington claimed that the women would work out of the brothel but would also "act as escorts and provide services to clients in their own homes".

One of the other co-defendants, it is claimed, drove one victim across Europe in his BMW, creating doubts in the victim's mind as they did so. Mr Burrington said: "On her way, she received bad omens of what was to come; he said 'you can make easy money if you let it happen'."

Upon arriving at the Maldon property, the victims, it is claimed, were put to work almost immediately as prostitutes, dealing with up to ten clients a day. "They had very limited autonomy," he added. "They were only allowed on their phones for five minutes a day and all calls had to be made on loudspeaker so those in control could ensure they weren't having tales told on them."

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Murder detectives appeal for information over death of transgender escort found beaten and strangled in flat

Published in The Evening Standard
7th April 2015


London
Murder squad detectives are appealing for people who knew a “high class” transgender escort to come forward after she was found beaten and strangled in west London.  Vanessa Santillan, 33, was found dead inside a £400,000 first-floor flat in Fulham and police have urged people who met her in the previous 48 hours to contact them.

Ms Santillan, a glamour model and escort who is originally from Mexico, has a personal website which describes herself as “one in a million” and states: “I’m a Ts girl visiting from MIAMI FL.” It is understood she has spent the last few years as a high-end call girl and has made regular trips to London among other European capitals.

She wrote on her personal website of a jetset lifestyle visiting London, Paris and Miami and included photographs of shopping trips to fashion boutiques including Louis Vuitton and Harrods.  She is believed to have flown back to Mexico City in early March after spending time in London, before returning to the capital just a few days before she was found dead.

On her website, she writes: “I am looking to meet upscale, respectable gentlemen, of a certain calibre, who know how to treat a lady like me. I do not appreciate being asked impolite, personal questions over the telephone in particular. In return for your graciousness you can expect the best in return.”

Police launched a murder investigation after they were called to reports of a body of a women being found at a flat in Romily Court off Landridge Road at around 9.30pm on Saturday March 28.

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Four charged with human trafficking after women 'forced to work as prostitutes'

Published in The Bolton News
7th April 2015


Manchester
FOUR men have appeared in court charged with human trafficking for sexual exploitation after two women were allegedly forced to work as prostitutes.  Police claim to have rescued the women aged 30 and 20, along with the one-year-old child of one the pair, from a house in Spa Road, Bolton.  The house was raided by Greater Manchester Police's serious and organised crime unit on Thursday, March 27.

The women and child, who are all Hungarian, have now been reunited with their families in Hungary, police said.  Police also said the women had been beaten and abused over a period of several months.

Three men and a woman have now been charged with human trafficking in connection with the investigation.

They are Ferenc Dardai, aged 21, Ferenc Dardai, aged 41, Daniel Dardai, aged 19, and Kiraly Malania, aged 42, all of Spa Road, Bolton.  The younger Ferenc Dardai has also been charged with rape.

All four appeared at Bolton Magistrates Court on Monday, March 30. They were all remanded in custody and will appear at Bolton Crown Court on April 17.