Gang who forced Slovakian girl into life of vice found guilty

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A gang of pimps and brothel keepers, including two men from Peterborough, who lured a teenage girl to Britain for a life of "sexual slavery" are today facing years behind bars.

A gang of pimps and brothel keepers, including two men from Peterborough, who lured a teenage girl to Britain for a life of "sexual slavery" are today facing years behind bars.The 16-year-old virgin from Slovakia was repeatedly raped and made to work in brothels in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and London.

She left her village with the promise of a legitimate job in a pub in Peterborough, but was instead exploited by a world of "pimps, brothels, prostitutes, traffickers and rapists", Southwark Crown Court heard.

Passed from one gang of people smugglers to another, the teenager was beaten, sexually assaulted and forced to take drugs at knifepoint.

Turks Ali Arslan (43), his brother-in-law Mesut Arslan (26), Slovakian Edward Facuna (54), Roman Pacan (39), originally from the Czech Republic, Kosovan Martin Doci (29) and Albanian Valmir Gjetja (29), were unanimously found guilty by the jury of string of charges relating to the girl.

Facuna, of St Mary's Court, Peterborough; and Pacan of Parliament Street, also of Peterborough; were both found guilty of trafficking a person into the UK for purposes of sexual exploitation.

Prosecutor Jason Dunn-Shaw told the court the girl's 16-month ordeal began when Facuna, a friend of her mother's, told her he could get her a job in a Peterborough pub.

He and co-defendant Pacan drove the victim to Britain, but in Peterborough she was passed on to a man known only as Claude.

Within days he drove her to Ealing, west London, where she was made to work in a brothel.

After a few weeks she was "bought" by Doci who introduced her to the Arslans, proprietors of a sauna in Luton.

She began to work as a prostitute at the sauna after a few days in the hope she would be able to send money home to her mother.

Ali Arslan later bought the girl from Doci for 2,500.

Finally, she was handed to Gjetja, who she initially believed who would free her from the cycle of sex and violence.

All the men were remanded in custody and were due to be sentenced today.