Pictures posted to sex website of alleged trafficking victim

Police raid a house in Longworth Street, Preston, to arrest suspected human traffickers

Police raid a house in Longworth Street, Preston, to arrest suspected human traffickers

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A young woman alleged to be the victim of human trafficking has denied she was “enthusiastic” about making money through prostitution.

Three men are on trial in connection with a suspected brothel in which it is alleged two young Romanian women were forced to work.

Speaking via a video link, helped by an interpreter, one of the women told how she was allowed out once a day to a shop with an older woman who lived in the house.

Defence lawyer Philip Boyd suggested she had had “many chances” to run away when she was permitted to go out.

She said: “It was once a day and I was not alone.”

She was asked to identify herself in pictures posted on a sex website advertising their ‘services’, allegedly taken the day they were brought to the UK in July last year.

She told the court she did not want them to be taken.

Mr Boyd said: “You agreed because you were enthusiastic about the idea of getting money in through prostitution.”

She replied: “No. This never happened. “

Marius Petre, 26, and Adrian Matei, 34, of Longworth Street, deny two rapes, arranging or facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to sexual exploitation, and causing or inciting prostitution.

Ionut Ion, 35, of Longworth Street, Preston, denies two rapes and assisting the management of a brothel.

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