Four jailed over human trafficking of woman to Kent
Four people have been jailed for their role in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of an Eastern European woman brought into Kent.
The woman from Slovakia was brought to Gravesend and eventually sold for £4,500 to a man who then raped her.
Woolwich Crown Court heard she had been living on the street in Slovakia.
Muhammad Badar Ul Islam, 32, of London, and Rene Sana, 30, Tibor Suchy, 28, Viktoria Sanova, 27, all of Gravesend, have been jailed.
Suchy, of Abbey Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws.
He was found not guilty of attempted rape but was found guilty of conspiracy to traffick into the UK for exploitation and conspiracy to traffick within the UK for exploitation.
He was jailed for 10 years.
Sana was cleared of rape but was found guilty of conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws and was jailed for three years.
Sanova, of Abbey Road, Gravesend, was found not guilty of conspiracy to traffick into and within the UK but was convicted of conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws.
She was jailed for 16 months.
Badar Ul Islam, from Walthamstow, east London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws.
He was found not guilty of trafficking into the UK but guilty of rape and trafficking within the UK, and jailed for eight years and six months.
Sentencing them, Judge Michael Topolski QC said trafficking in people was "a modern-day form of slavery".
"People who trade in human beings will receive a harsh punishment," he added.