A London couple who lured an 18-year-old woman to the UK with promises of a babysitting job, but then raped her, and forced her into prostitution, have been given heavy jail sentences at Harrow Crown Court.
The victim travelled from Romania to London by coach and was met by Marius Ciubotariu and his wife Andreea.
He drove her to a hotel in an unknown location and raped her.
The abuse continued afterwards.
She was forced to have sex with men in two brothels- one in Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak
The victim contacted her uncle, via Facebook, on her phone.
He in turn contacted a friend in the UK, who in turn passed the victim’s details onto his friend.
This man arranged to meet the victim and she sheltered at his house for over a week and arranged for her to meet a woman from a local church who could speak Romanian.
The victim told the woman what had happened to her and the woman encouraged her to report the offences to police.
The Trafficking and Kidnap Unit began investigating and arrested the couple on the 29th January 2014.
They both pleaded not guilty to the offences but were convicted at Harrow Crown Court after a jury trial.
31 year Marius Ciubotariu was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for rape, human trafficking and controlling prostitution.
26 year old Andreea Ciubotariu was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for aiding and abetting rape, human trafficking and controlling prostitution.
Detective Constable Richard Hart, of the Trafficking and Kidnap Unit, said the couple ‘lured the victim to the UK with promises of a babysitting job, but they had plotted all along to use and abuse her:’
This innocent young woman who was looking for a job opportunity has had her life ruined but I hope that she will find some small comfort in knowing that her abusers are now behind bars.