Two human traffickers who forced women into prostitution in West London were jailed for a total of 12 years on monday. They were based in a brothel in nearby Chelsea so it is quite possible the ads for their 'services' were carried in the Fulham Chronicle's adult section in a practice H&F Council has described as "highly distasteful". Several of the ads they carry, as you can see from the pic below, advertise services in the Chelsea area.
Sergey Konart, 41, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Ekaterina Kolesnikova, 26, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of charges, including trafficking and controlling prostitution.
The pair - who were operating as part of a Russian and European based organised criminal network - recruited vulnerable young Eastern European women to come to the UK by promising them opportunities to make large amounts of money as waitresses, shop assistants or dancers.
Once in the UK they took the girls' ID and travel documents. They then held the girls to a debt bond of up to £80,000, which they forced them to pay off by working as a prostitute from residential addresses in Chelsea - charging clients up to £200 a visit. They were threatened with violence and plied with ecstasy and cocaine to gain compliance.
Speaking after their sentences were handed down Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the SCD9 Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit, said:
"Konart and Kolesnikova [the convicted traffickers] recruited vulnerable young women on the promise of well paid employment in the UK. On their arrival in London they were forced into prostitution in some of the capital's exclusive areas".keep asking newspapers to stop helping pimps and brothels by taking their cash for advertising.
"Traffickers have no regard for the rights or wellbeing of those they exploit. Anyone who uses prostitution service needs to be aware that they are part of the exploitation and may be committing offences"
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Martin, head of the Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police, recently said this to editors:
"The adverts often purport to be massage parlours, saunas or escort agencies, but are in reality a front for criminal networks to advertise trafficked victims for sexual services.
"Advertisements that offer multi-national or young women or which are sexually suggestive in tone are often the type found to be linked to the provision of sexual services and / or the presence of trafficked women.
"It is these types of adverts I am seeking your support in preventing. I would ask that you put in place a system to satisfy yourselves that those seeking to place advertisements are genuine concerns or businesses and not a cover for the criminal activity highlighted above".But money is more important to our local paper it seems so they haven't given the police the support they have asked for by not accepting these adverts, so don't expect to see this story there.