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Convicted Oxford sex trafficker detained

Anastassios Papas
Image caption Anastassios Papas was tried and found guilty in his absence

An Oxford man who went on the run and was convicted of sex trafficking women in his absence has been detained.

Anastassios Papas, 42, formerly of Iffley Road, was found guilty with another man, 49, who cannot be named, at Oxford Crown Court in November.

The case was brought after concerns were raised about their Oxford escort agency Fun Girls.

Papas was arrested at an address in Staines, Middlesex, on Thursday and will be sentenced later this month.

He was found guilty of trafficking women within the UK for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to traffic women within the UK for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain and converting £67,075 of criminal property.

The other man was convicted of two counts of trafficking women into the UK for sexual exploitation and trafficking women within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Thames Valley Police said, as a result of the case, a community partnership had been developed to raise awareness of trafficking and to train organisations in how to help victims.

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