Father and son sentenced for trafficking

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A father and son who ran a "family business" trafficking foreign women into the UK before they were raped and forced into prostitution will be sentenced later today.

The five victims of Romanian nationals Bogdan and Marius Nejloveanu were brought to England with the promise of a new home and jobs but were "threatened, beaten and degraded" while forced to sell their bodies for sex, a court heard.

Bogdan, 51, and his son Marius, 23, targeted the women, all Romanians aged between 19 and 27, because they were young or vulnerable.

Marius raped most of the women himself and beat and threatened them with a knife if they refused to co-operate, while his father gave him practical help and advice so he could set up his own prostitute business.

The victims were forced to work six or seven days a week, sometimes having sex with as many as 10 men a night. It is estimated that every 'client' paid the girls about £40 - half of which went to Marius or his father and the other half to the brothels where they worked in Manchester.

The women were rescued after a tip-off to police, who tracked down the father and son.

Following a trial, both men were convicted last month of a string of offences and face sentence at Manchester Crown Court later today.

Juanita Huntington, 51, who acted as a 'receptionist' at the brothels, admitted five counts of controlling prostitution for gain and will also be sentenced.