A father and son who ran a family business of “sexual slavery” by trafficking women to Birmingham from Romania have been jailed for a combined 27 years.
Bogdan Nejloveanu, (51), and his son Marius, (23), tricked five vulnerable young women to come to England with the promise of a new home and jobs.
But instead they found themselves in a squalid flat in Small Heath and were forced to have sex with up to 20 men a day before being sent to Manchester when the Nejloveanus were squeezed out by rival pimps.
Manchester Crown Court heard Marius repeatedly raped two of the women, one on an almost daily basis, while his father gave him help and advice so he could to set up his own prostitute business.
Judge Robert Atherton said: “These are people, as victims, who often have little in their lives. They hope and trust for better and are brought to this country and treated the way in which you treated them, really not as people, in some ways not even as slaves, but simply as goods to be sold.”
Marius was jailed for 21 years after being convicted earlier this month, following an eight-week trial, of 27 counts including four rapes, trafficking, assault and controlling prostitution.
His father was jailed for six years for seven charges including sex trafficking and controlling prostitution between November 2007 and October 2008.
The court heard each woman was paid £40, half going to the brothel and the rest to Marius, each time they were forced into sex with men.
The Nejloveanus’ lieutenant Costel Maruntelu, 25, who assisted in the trafficking of two women, was jailed for five years and six months in November 2009.
Juanita Huntington, (51), from Birmingham, admitted five counts of controlling prostitution for gain.
Her sentencing date was put back to April because she is pregnant.
Police also blamed the girls’ “clients” for their plight.
Det Chief Supt Mary Doyle, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Marius and Bogdan effectively ran a family business specialising in sexual slavery and I am delighted they have received their comeuppance.
“It also brings into question the role of the men who slept with these women and who fuelled the Nejloveanus’ appalling trade.
“This case goes beyond the topic of legalising prostitution but does bring into question the responsibilities of those who use brothels and the services of sex workers.”