Three jailed for people trafficking and running brothels in Preston and Blackburn

10/03/2017

Three Romanian men have been sentenced to a total of 10 and a half years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court for trafficking women within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Preston and Blackburn between 27 September 2014 and 11 May 2016.

Christian Vasile, Christian Stan and Inout Stan pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to the offences which relate to at least four women who were also from Romania. They ran brothels from houses on Accrington Road, Fecitt Brow and Sandon Street in Blackburn and Mickledon Avenue in Preston.

Lucy Scully, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said: "These three men ran an extremely lucrative business by exploiting women who they managed as prostitutes.  They trafficked the women by transporting them to and from the houses where they worked and also by providing them with homes.

"Christian Vasile was above the Stan brothers in the chain of command. They assisted him by managing the brothels and the phones which brought in customer bookings; they also had relationships with two of the women in order to further exploit them.

"The evidence against the men was overwhelming which meant they had no other choice but to plead guilty. Utility bills and tenancy agreements connected them to the brothels; various phones seized by the police showed that a menu of sexual services had been advertised on various adult websites.

"Ionut Stan was out of the country for a substantial time during the time period, where he received some of the profits which were transferred out of the UK.  Photographs show him handling large amounts of Euros and Pounds.

"Following today’s sentence they must now face up to the consequences of their appalling actions.

"All cases of human trafficking are extremely serious, complex and require sensitive handling. The CPS will continue to work with the police and our international partners to bring to justice those who commit such offences."

Individual sentences:

  • Christian Vasile was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for causing or inciting prostitution for gain and two counts of human trafficking.
  • Christian Stan was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months imprisonment for human trafficking.
  • Inout Stan was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months imprisonment for human trafficking.