From the EastLondonLines
A couple from Poplar, have been been jailed for a total of 16 years April 27 2012 for trafficking women into the UK and forcing them to work as prostitutes.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Sandra Maliņa
, 22 and Ainars Zvirgzds
, 44, lured women from Latvia and Lithuania with the promise that they could get jobs in massage salons, and that sex with the clients was optional.
The prosecution case was that when they arrived in the UK, their passports were taken off them and they were sent to work as prostitutes. It was alleged that the women were beaten by their captors, and threatened with a gun, if they refused to comply.
Detectives arrested Malina and Zvirgzds at their Poplar home address in Susan Constant Court on July 15 2011. They were acting on information received from a friend of one of their victims.
Three women victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described the treatment they received at the hands of the couple:Victim A
The 20 year old woman described how a friend, who worked for Zvirgzds, contacted her, and said she was earning between £200 and £300 a week working in a massage salon
. The woman was told that she could earn extra money if she had sex with the clients, but that this was optional. Victim A accepted the job, but stated that she did not want to have sex with the clients.
Zvirgzds bought her a plane ticket to the UK. She arrived on May 18, 2010, was met at Stansted Airport by Zvirgzds who drove her to an address in Plaistow, East London, in his Jaguar.
Victim A was informed that a profile of her would be put on the Internet, and that she was to have sex with her clients. She received her first client later that day, who paid £100 for a sex act, and was told that she would receive £40. Victim A described how she felt ‘scared and disgusted.’
Upon arriving in the UK victim A was told to give her passport to Zvirgzds, which she did, feeling that she was unable to refuse. Her passport was later found in a safe in a bedroom wardrobe when police raid the couple’s home. During her time working for Zvirgzds she was made to perform a number of sexual acts
in return for money at multiple addresses.
It was alleged that she was given drugs and shown a gun
by Zvirgzds in order to gain her compliance.Victims B and C
Two other women, referred to as victim B and victim C, also gave evidence in court, about their time spent in forced prostitution
, under the control of Zvirgzds and Maliņa. Both of these women were found in the same premises as Zvirgzds and Maliņa when they were arrested, along with a firearm, concealed above a bathroom wall cabinet. They were 22 and had their passports taken from them.
Detective Sergeant John O’Brien, from the Met’s Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command, said: “Often criminals will suggest the streets of London are paved with gold and that they can offer them a better life and these vulnerable people are then exploited when arriving in the UK. No-one should be able to control another person and exploit them for personal gain. This case highlights that if you come forward and talk to the police, we will do all that we can to bring people such as Zvirgzds and Maliņa to justice.”
Ainars Zvirgzds was jailed Friday April 27 2012 for a total of 13 and a half years
, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing on January 19 2012. Zvirgzds was convicted of a number of crimes including: trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain and possession of a firearm.
Sandra Maliņa had previously been sentenced to two and a half years
, having been found guilty of two counts of controlling prostitution for gain in relation to victims B and C, although was acquitted on all charges related to victim A.
Human trafficking as a crime does not solely relate to the sex industry and prostitution. In March 2011 a woman from Harrow, 68, received a suspended jail sentence for keeping a Tanzanian woman as a modern-day slave at her Harrow bungalow.
The Centre for Social Justice is currently carrying out a research study: “to identify how the UK is reacting to the number of slaves kept within its borders
. This review will explore the nature and extent of this growing problem, and develop evidence-led policy recommendations and an implementation strategy to enable the UK to be the benchmark for anti-slavery practice in Europe and the world.”
I am wondering to see such reaction in the country, which built their Monarchy on using slaves in the most recent past! Not more than 150 years passed since the slavery system in the world was almost vanished.
And looking and those faces of Maliņa and Zvirgzds, which obviously belong to the Latvian citizenship at first, I can't imagine how clever the girls are, to build contacts with such faces people!
What do they expect then? Massage saloons, ha-ha! On our forums, you can read quite a lot of ads and introductions about such "massage saloons" and "crazy escorts" as well.Girls, this is the true story about what happens in real life!