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Two very nasty people were jailed recently for people trafficking. They duped 6 Romanian women to Manchester with promises of work. They were raped and forced into prostitution and made to work in Manchester’s brothels. Marius Nejloveanu, 23 was given the longest ever prison sentence (for the UK) of 21 years for people trafficking, and his 51 year old father Marius Nejloveanu 6 years.
I write this because of a previous article on here which argues that sex workers should be part of the solution to trafficking. Here is a perfect example where sex-workers and brothel owners were part of the solution. The management of a brothel reported concerns for one of the women, and then police mounted an investigation. Without that report from the sex industry, how much longer would these women have been abused.
Making brothels illegal does not help trafficked women. It makes it harder to report crimes. Reporting crimes in a brothel normally result in charges against the brothel owner. An example due to go to court in February is where a brothel, Hanna Morris, owner reported an attack on her flat. She and her partner are now being charged with brothel keeping and money laundering. There is an abuse of process court hearing at Guildford Crown court on Friday 4th. The two crimianls, known to the police, who poured petrol through the flat, and threatened to burn it down were never charged. It is believed they were never even interviewed.
Legalising brothels and allowing management and staff to report concerns with out fear of prosecution for brothel keeping crimes is the only way forward. Brothels in Manchester work in a semi tolerated fashion, allowing reports of abuse to be made.
Manchester is also served by an organisation called Redline, friendly to sex work, which allows trafficking and coercion concerns to be reported anonymously. This organisation will investigate these allegations before passing on the details to the police. Many of the massage parlours in Manchester are have signed up to this scheme and promote the anonymous reporting scheme.