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Sex Traffickers Jailed

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I found this news item in my local rag, the Kensington&Chelsea Chronicle:

A Polish couple were jailed for running a prostitution ring with links to Hammersmith. Polish women were forced to have unprotected sex for up to £120/hr at a brothel in Queen Caroline Street, the Met's Human Trafficking Unit have said.

Kamil Niewiadomski and Ewa Nosal, Polish nationals from Plumstead, were jailed for a total of four years and three months at Southwark Crown Court on Monday after admitting to controlling prostitution for gain.

The couple posted adverts for escorts on a Polish website and took bookings from a flat in Greenwich. The sex workers also visited clients in Tower Hamlets and Southwark. Niewiadomski fined victims £10 if they were late for a booking, or if a client walked out. The couple were arrested after several victims rang the trafficking unit's 24 hour help line.

Detectives seized around £24,000 in cash found in a hidden safe in the defendant's home along with 50 identity cards for Polish men and women and 120 mobile phones used to take bookings.

Niewiadomski was jailed for three years and four months while partner Nosal was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.

Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere - I didn't have time to check...

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I found this news item in my local rag, the Kensington&Chelsea Chronicle:

A Polish couple were jailed for running a prostitution ring with links to Hammersmith. Polish women were forced to have unprotected sex for up to £120/hr at a brothel in Queen Caroline Street, the Met's Human Trafficking Unit have said.

Kamil Niewiadomski and Ewa Nosal, Polish nationals from Plumstead, were jailed for a total of four years and three months at Southwark Crown Court on Monday after admitting to controlling prostitution for gain.

The couple posted adverts for escorts on a Polish website and took bookings from a flat in Greenwich. The sex workers also visited clients in Tower Hamlets and Southwark. Niewiadomski fined victims £10 if they were late for a booking, or if a client walked out. The couple were arrested after several victims rang the trafficking unit's 24 hour help line.

Detectives seized around £24,000 in cash found in a hidden safe in the defendant's home along with 50 identity cards for Polish men and women and 120 mobile phones used to take bookings.

Niewiadomski was jailed for three years and four months while partner Nosal was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.

Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere - I didn't have time to check...

Going on what you have posted they were jailed for controlling prostitutes for gain, no mention of being convicted of Trafficking. If the police had evidence of Trafficking why werent they charged then prosecuted for it.

 

Unless further court action for Trafficking is to take place its another one of those cases where Trafficking was suspected but no or not enough evidence found to charge. Presumably the ID cards found were evidence this couple kept these WGs papers, so charges on that are to follow, or are the victims too scared to give evidence i wonder.

 

If its actually true WGs were forced to have unprotected sex surely that is an offence as well. If true that is of course evil behaviour and the sentences should of been very much longer in my view. I just checked another local paper called the Newshopper and the word force has been replaced by encouraged to offer unprotected sex. I also see the guy was also convicted of perverting the course of justice for incitement for writing to his victims.

 

It all seems very unclear to me regarding the trafficking side of things. Its why i require the  factual evidence of convictions for the offence before i believe trafficking was involved in any case.

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Going on what you have posted they were jailed for controlling prostitutes for gain, no mention of being convicted of Trafficking. If the police had evidence of Trafficking why werent they charged then prosecuted for it.

Unless further court action for Trafficking is to take place its another one of those cases where Trafficking was suspected but no or not enough evidence found to charge. Presumably the ID cards found were evidence this couple kept these WGs papers, so charges on that are to follow, or are the victims too scared to give evidence i wonder.

If its actually true WGs were forced to have unprotected sex surely that is an offence as well. If true that is of course evil behaviour and the sentences should of been very much longer in my view. I just checked another local paper called the Newshopper and the word force has been replaced by encouraged to offer unprotected sex. I also see the guy was also convicted of perverting the course of justice for incitement for writing to his victims.

It all seems very unclear to me regarding the trafficking side of things. Its why i require the factual evidence of convictions for the offence before i believe trafficking was involved in any case.

Trafficking convictions wouldn't necessarily mean much either, all they'd need is to show they gave the women a lift to the brothel or a client's location and that's it. Trafficking is "facilitating the travel of a prostitute in order that a relevant offence can be committed" (paraphrased). Giving them a lift would have been necessary to running a brothel or control for gain. No force or coercion is required. Just giving a girl a lift to work.

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Trafficking convictions wouldn't necessarily mean much either, all they'd need is to show they gave the women a lift to the brothel or a client's location and that's it. Trafficking is "facilitating the travel of a prostitute in order that a relevant offence can be committed" (paraphrased). Giving them a lift would have been necessary to running a brothel or control for gain. No force or coercion is required. Just giving a girl a lift to work.

The point is this thread has trafficking in the title but this couple werent convicted of trafficking, or havent been as of yet.

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Laura Agustin's book, Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry, is very good on the wider context of the subject of 'trafficking':

The movement against 'trafficking' (and 'prostitution') uses the theory of violence against women, conceived as a 'manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women'. The feminist project to reveal the routine nature of violence against women has led to widespread understanding of the insidious workings of patriarchy; the problem comes about when the roles of 'perpetrator' and 'victim' are treated as *identities* rather than temporary conditions. But services that want victims to become 'survivors' sometimes reinforce passivity, particularly in therapeutic contexts, diagnosing syndromes and disorders and emphasising damage over coping...

Victims become passive receptacles and mute sufferers who must be saved, and helpers become saviours, a colonialist operation warned against in discussions of western feminism's treatment of third-world women and now common in discussions of migrant women who sell sex.

The 'trafficking' discourse relies on the notion that poorer women are better off staying at home than leaving and possibly getting into trouble; men are routinely expected to encounter and overcome trouble, but women may be irreparably damaged by it. (p.39)

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