Man and woman sentenced for human trafficking and sexual exploitation

15/12/2015

An organised crime gang has been sentenced as part of an investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Krzysztof Henryk Jakubiak - the figurehead of the gang - was jailed at Warrington Crown Court for a total of three-and-a-half years. He had previously pleaded guilty to 36 offences relating to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

He was also given a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order for an indefinite period - the first to be issued in the UK under new legislation. This will place considerable restrictions on him once he is released from prison.

Marlena Soska - who assisted him - was given an 18 month community order. She was also given a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 20 days.

She had previously pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Jakubiak, aged 49, and, Soska, aged 37, were involved in running a number of brothels across the UK using a particular website to advertise the services of prostitutes, who were under their control in return for financial reward.

The pair were responsible for arranging the transportation of Polish women in and out of the UK as well as moving them around various brothels under the control of the gang.

The enterprise is believed to have been operating for at least two years and could have had a potential gross turnover of over £1 million.

Jakubiak, who was living at an address in Nantwich, and Soska, who was living at a property in Crewe, were arrested on Wednesday 20 May when officers from Cheshire Police executed a number of warrants across the UK as part of the investigation.

Raids were carried out at properties in Nantwich, Crewe, London, Stoke, Preston and Bristol.

Eight women were found inside the properties. They were taken from the addresses and spoken to by specially trained officers before being offered advice and support via a number of different agencies.

Police became aware of Jakubiak following intelligence from the local community.

Senior Crown Prosecutor, Rachael Barber, of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Jakubiak operated a sophisticated business where he organised the transportation of women from Poland so that they could work in a series of brothels throughout the UK. His partner in crime, Soska, was also involved in the business.

"Following a thorough investigation by Cheshire Police, their operation was uncovered and quickly closed down. The Crown Prosecution Service will support the Police in robustly prosecuting these cases where women are trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation."

Detective Inspector David Browne from Cheshire Police, who led on the operation, said: "The successful conclusion of this case reinforces our commitment to tackling this type of crime and should reassure local communities that we are doing everything we can to put a stop to this sort of activity.

"Human trafficking and sexual exploitation stem from organised crime and target some of the most vulnerable people in our society. People may be shocked to hear that this sort of thing has taken place in Cheshire but this case highlights the fact that human trafficking and sexual exploitation can happen anywhere - even in the most unexpected of places. No-one really knows what goes on behind closed doors."