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Discovery of 105 mobile phones leads to jailing of prostitution ring

'This investigation highlights the commitment to ending the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable people'

26 November, 2016 — By Alina Polianskaya

Aliona Pislaru and Janina Nuta

A PROSTITUTION ring has been jailed for a range of sex trafficking offences.

Aliona Pislaru, 39, Janina Nuta, 39, Vlad Harzoparu, 30, and Ilie Melinte, 34 – from Paddington – were found guilty of offences under the Modern Slavery Act.

They all received sentences ranging from two to five years in prison. A police investigation of a property in Sussex Gardens found 105 mobile phones which were linked to the services being supplied by the gang.

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Vlad Harzoparu and Ilie Melinte

At a further police raid on a property in Seymour Place, Melinte was found monitoring CCTV at the property, where four women working as prostitutes were found.

An investigation revealed that the money gained by the women made to work as prostitutes, amounting to as much as £15,000 a month, was deposited across a number of bank accounts, controlled by Pislaru.

The women received very little of their earnings. An HMRC account was created to cover up the operation.

Detective Inspector Stephen Kiely, from the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, said: “This investigation highlights the commitment to ending the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable people.”

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