Gang jailed for 89 years for trafficking women

Metropolitan Police smashed a gang of traffickers who were jailed in Romania Credit: Reuters

A criminal gang have been jailed for a total of 89 years for trafficking girls and young women from Romania to the UK.

Their victims who were forced to work in brothels across East London were found living at various houses in Newham.

They were recruited in Romania often with the promise of a job in the UK such as care or secretarial work.

Once here, they were stripped of their passports and forced into prostitution to pay off money owed to the traffickers for flights to the UK.

The Metropolitan Police has been investigating the cases since 2011 and a joint operation lead to 10 arrests in Romania in March.

£200,000 in assets has also been seized from the gang.