Latvian man jailed for trafficking women to Ripley

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A Latvian man who trafficked young women from his home country to the UK to be

sexually exploited has been jailed.

Ignas Judins, 30, was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Leicester Crown Court

today (Friday, April 12) after pleading guilty to two counts of human trafficking to the

UK for sexual exploitation.

He is the fourth man to be jailed as part of the 18-month investigation by Derbyshire

Constabulary which worked alongside the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the UK

Human Trafficking Centre, Europol and Latvian police.

Judins, from the Latvian capital Riga, contacted two women via a dating website. The

women, aged 18 and 25-years-old, were promised a sightseeing tour to London.

But when they arrived in the UK in October 2011 they were taken to the Premier Inn

in Ripley where one of them was sexually assaulted.

Staff at the Premier Inn alerted police to suspicious activity at the hotel two days

later. Police attended and arrested one man on suspicion of human trafficking.

Three other men and one woman were later arrested, also on suspicion of human

trafficking.

In July 2012, Tajinder Singh (33) and Gurdeep Singh (52) were jailed for human

trafficking offences and Kulvinder Singh Gill (44) was sentenced for sexual assault.

A 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman arrested in connection with the case

were released without charge.

Judins was arrested by Latvian police following the issue of a European Arrest

Warrant.

He was brought back to the UK by the Immigration Crime Team in January 2013 to

face charges.

This is the first case of human trafficking into the UK to be investigated by Derbyshire

Constabulary.

Detective Inspector Steve Roberts, who was part of the investigation team, said:

“Human trafficking is a despicable crime often involving vulnerable, young women.

“These two women were tricked into coming to the UK under the false pretence that

they would be shown the sights but were instead subjected to a horrific ordeal.

“I would like to thank the staff at the Premier Inn for their vigilance and quick thinking;

without which these men may never have been brought to justice.

“Thankfully Judins, like the previous three defendants, pleaded guilty which meant

his victims did not have to relive their ordeal in court.”