Three Bulgarian nationals have been jailed for trafficking immigrants into the United Kingdom at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, October 17, 2019.
Eleonora Vasileva, aged 33, who lived at Alnwick Road, in the Silvertown area was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Iliya Mihaylov, 31, also lived at Alnwick Road, E16 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Marian Ninov Vasilev is 34 years old and lived in Woodford, East London. She was also sentenced to three years in prison.
The three individuals are believed to be members of an organised crime syndicate who trafficked women into the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation.
They faced several conspiracy charges, these included trafficking, control prostitution, and supply of class A drugs.
Mihaylov was further found guilty of theft, making threats to kill, and possession of a prohibited weapon (disguised stun gun).
Both Eleonora Vasileva and Iliya Mihaylov were also served with a 15-year Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order by the Judge,
All three were sentenced at the same court on Thursday, October 17 and they have been collectively sentenced to 24 years in prison..
The court heard that at least six victims were trafficked into the UK from Bulgaria, whereupon their suffering would begin almost immediately.
An investigation began in February 2018 by officers from the Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, after Bulgarian authorities alerted the Met to reports of an organised crime network exploiting people in London. This included the creation of a joint investigation with Bulgarian Police, assisted by EuroPol in The Hague.
Mihaylov was arrested on March 5, 2019 after police observed him leaving his home address on Alnwick Road. Vasileva was also located inside the home address. Vasilev was located and arrested the same day at the brothel address in Woodford.