The ringleader of a crime gang which exploited three women in a Preston flat as part of a network of brothels has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Krzysztof Jakubiak admitted 36 offences relating to human trafficking and sexual exploitation at Warrington Crown Court.
A flat in Woodrow House, Mercer Street, Fishwick, was raided in May as part of a probe into Polish women being trafficked and exploited.
Three women were found at the address, which was raided by six officers from Cheshire and a PC from Preston.
Five women were discovered during simultaneous strikes in London, Stoke, and Bristol.
All were under the gang’s control and their “services” had been offered on a website.
Jakubiak, 49, who was arrested at his home in Nantwich, Cheshire, was given an indefinite control order – the first to be issued in the UK under new legislation regarding human trafficking. This will place considerable restrictions on him once he is released from prison.
Accomplice Marlena Soska, 37, from Crewe, was sentenced to an 18 month community order after admitting seven offences relating to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The pair were responsible for arranging their transportation in and out of the UK and moving them around various brothels under the gang’s control in an enterprise thought to have a potential turnover of over £1m.
Lancashire officers assisted Cheshire Police, who led the probe.
Det Insp David Browne said: “This case highlights human trafficking and sexual exploitation can happen anywhere - even in the most unexpected of places. No-one really knows what goes on behind closed doors.”
The victims were spoken to by specially trained officers.