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Latvian man jailed for sex trafficking offences

Ignas Judins, 30, from Riga Photo:

A Latvian man who trafficked young women from his home country to the Midlands for sexual exploitation has been jailed for 20 months.

Ignas Judins, 30, from Riga, befriended two women on a dating website, then promised to take them for a weekend sightseeing in London.

Leicester Crown Court was told that instead, he handed them over to three men living in this country.

The women, who were in their twenties, were taken to a Premier Inn hotel in Ripley in Derbyshire, just a few hundred yards from the headquarters of Derbyshire Police. One of the women was indecently assaulted.

The court also heard that police believe the men drove the women around the Midlands and eventually met another men with the intention of selling one of them onto him for sexual exploitation.

Judins was brought to the UK to face charges after being extradited from Latvia in January.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

He's the fourth man to be sent to prison as part of an 18-month investigation by Derbyshire Police, the first of its kind in the county.

Judins will serve half of his sentence and is then expected to be deported back to Latvia.