Jail for gang offering sex with trafficked women

Four people who admitted trying to make up to £150,000 by offering trafficked women for sex have been jailed.

They were caught in a covert operation after one of the gang left a letter at Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge last August offering the service.

Ringleader Mahrookh Jamali, 41, and Rasoul Gholampour, 30, were each jailed for two years and nine months.

Fatima Hagnegat, 24, was jailed for two years and six months and Sara Bordbar got two years and three months in jail.

All four pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic six women, aged between 17 to 22, for sexual exploitation at Harrow Crown Court on Monday.

The three women - Jamali and Hagnegat, from north-west London and Bordbar, 43, of Wigan, Lancashire - also admitted conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain, but the charge will lie on file for Gholampour, also from Wigan.

'Sexual services'

The group was caught after Jamali and Hagnegat turned up at the Lancaster Hotel in Bayswater, west London, last September with the six girls to meet the officer.

The gang also sent a picture of a 14-year-old as bait to the undercover police officer, but there was no evidence she was to be used as a prostitute.

Image caption Hagnegat, Gholampour and Jamali were caught in a Metropolitan Police sting

The court heard the gang initially told the girls, brought from the North West, they were to dance for wealthy clients. On reaching the hotel they were asked to offer sexual services to clients after dancing.

Sentencing, Judge Alan Greenwood said: "In this case it involved a money-making operation based on the exploitation and corruption of vulnerable young women.

"Some of them were very young. I accept that the youngest of them were going to do no more than dance.

"But even one as young as 17 or 18 was to be involved in prostitution and all of them were put at risk by you.

"Its purpose was to yield considerable sums for each of the conspirators and that is why wealthy customers were targeted."

Prosecutor Bill McGivern told the court: "They represented that some of the girls were virgins, under the age of consent and available for sex.

"In return for this, they expected to be paid a large amount of money."

The judge ordered a charge of conspiracy to arrange the prostitution of children to lie on file of all the defendants.

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