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Slavery 'still a prevalent crime in Wales' says expert

Anti-slavery co-ordinator Stephen Chapman says slavery is "still a prevalent crime in Wales".

While it might feel like it is a crime which goes on in other places, in films or on the news, it is an issue which is all around us.

It is modern-day slavery, where people are being brought into the country or internally within Wales exploited and abused.

To tackle this crime a multi-agency approach is essential. From the police and Crown Prosecution Service to those who care for the survivors, it is important all agencies involved work together to identify and encourage them to come forward so those responsible are brought to justice.

– Stephen Chapman
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Trafficked women 'worked yards from police station'

Two Czech women brought to the UK for prostitution had been working in an executive gated development just yards from the main Cardiff Bay police station.

Today the pair who admitted to trafficking the women into Wales were given jail sentences at Newport Crown Court.

The case comes amid fresh warnings that trafficking is a growing problem here in Wales.

Human trafficking 'happening on our doorstep'

Kim-Ann Williamson, chair of South Wales Anti-Human-Trafficking Group, says human trafficking is a "very real" problem.

It’s happening in our communities and on our doorstep. This case highlighted the effectiveness of local people working closely together to help victims. We will continue to strive to make Wales hostile to human trafficking and bring offenders to justice.

– Kim-Ann Williamson

Human trafficking a 'hidden' and 'under-reported' crime

Human trafficking is described as a 'hidden' crime that is often under-reported.

Figures show in Wales:

  • The number of trafficking victims increased by 48% from 2011 to 2012
  • Only 34 people reported a problem
  • Almost a third of those cases were for sexual exploitation
  • Ten of the victims were aged 17 or younger

Experts say the figures don't represent the scale of the issue - often because the victims themselves aren't aware they are being exploited.

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Potential trafficking victims urged to come forward

Police have urged potential human trafficking victims to seek help after two people were jailed today for trafficking offences.

Human trafficking destroys lives, its effects damage communities and it is something we will not tolerate here in Cardiff.

Thankfully these two victims are now back safe and well with their families.

We work very closely with partner agencies such as Safer Wales, the Crown Prosecution Service and, in this case the local charity BAWSO, to provide victims with all the support they need.

It is understandable that victims of trafficking are frightened and feel vulnerable but we hope highlighting the outcome of this investigation will encourage any other victims to seek help and contact police.

– Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Simon Maal, South Wales Police

CPS: Human trafficking is 'modern-day slavery'

The Crown Prosecution Service said human trafficking is "modern-day-slavery" and "totally unacceptable in a civilised society".

The defendants are guilty of deplorable offences, seeking to profit from the misery and sexual exploitation of their vulnerable victims.

Those who seek to demean the value of life by depriving others of the most basic of human rights should be in no doubt that we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice.

– Nicola Rees, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit

Custody images released of jailed human traffickers

Ladislav Kurina (left) and Angelica Bacan have been jailed after admitting human trafficking offences Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service has released pictures of two people jailed today for trafficking two women into Wales for the purposes of prostitution.

At an earlier hearing, Ladislav Kurina and Angelica Bacan each pleaded guilty to two counts of intentionally arranging or facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their sexual exploitation.

They also admitted two counts of arranging travel within the UK of a person with a view to their sexual exploitation.

Kurina also pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and received a total sentence of two years and seven months.

Bacan was jailed for 15 months.

Man and woman jailed for human trafficking

The man and woman were jailed today at Newport Crown Court after admitting trafficking two women into the UK Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A man and woman have been jailed for bringing two Czech women into the UK to work in the sex industry.

Ladislav Kurina, 29, from the Czech Republic, and Angelica Bacan, 26, from Romania, admitted four counts of trafficking for prostitution.

Newport Crown Court heard the two Czech women, who were brought to the UK in September last year after responding to an advert for sex workers, were initially taken to various addresses in the south-east of England.

They were eventually taken to a flat in Cardiff, where their conditions worsened.

Eventually they were able to seek support from Safer Wales - a charity offering support to victims of abuse - who in turn contacted South Wales Police.

Ladislav Kurina admitted an additional count of possessing an illegal weapon and was sentenced to two years and seven months in total.

Bacan received 15 months.

Both will have the time already spent in jail considered as part of their sentences.

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