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Pair sentenced for human trafficking offences

27/01/2014

Two people who admitted trafficking two women into Wales for the purposes of prostitution have been sentenced at Newport Crown Court.

At an earlier hearing, Angelica Bacan and Ladislav Kurina each pleaded guilty to two counts of intentionally arranging or facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their sexual exploitation and two counts of arranging travel within the UK of a person with a view to their sexual exploitation. Kurina also pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon. At today's hearing, Bacan was jailed for 15 months and Kurina for two years and seven months.

The pair admitted facilitating the arrival of two Czech women into the UK in September 2013. The women were transported to various addresses in the South East of England, before being brought to a flat in Cardiff. Over time their living conditions deteriorated, with Bacan and Kurina demanding more and more money from them.

Eventually, they were able to seek support from Safer Wales, a charity which offers support to victims of abuse, ultimately leading to the involvement of South Wales Police.

Nicola Rees, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit, said: "The defendants are guilty of deplorable offences, seeking to profit from the misery and sexual exploitation of their vulnerable victims.

"Human trafficking is modern day slavery and is totally unacceptable in a civilised society. Those who seek to demean the value of life by depriving others of the most basic of human rights should be in no doubt that we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice.

"We have strong local partnerships in place to help identify and prosecute cases where human trafficking is a factor and to ensure that victims are given the support they need. We will continue to work closely with our partners in the criminal justice system to make sure these crimes are prosecuted robustly."

Kim-Ann Williamson of the Crown Prosecution Service Wales is also Chair of South Wales Anti Human Trafficking Group. She added: "Human Trafficking is very real. It's happening in our communities and on our doorstep. This case highlighted the effectiveness of local people working closely together to help victims. We will continue to strive to make Wales hostile to human trafficking and bring offenders to justice."

Background

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, recently held a meeting with criminal justice partners, experts and interested parties to identify how the criminal justice system can strengthen the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking.

Following the discussions, the CPS will shortly be publishing an action plan that will set out key actions to tackle the issue and improve the CJS response to human trafficking offences.

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are four national casework divisions: Central Fraud, Welfare Rural & Health, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. A 'virtual' 14th Area is CPS Direct which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2013 we employed a workforce of approximately 6840 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2350 prosecutors and 4110 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:  www.cps.gov.uk.
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.