Image above: Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group entering the address in Romford
Police alerted by trafficking victim who escaped
Members of an organised crime group who ran brothels in west London have been jailed for their part in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women from Poland into London and the south east of England.
Specialist Crime detectives identified over 300 potential female victims and safeguarded 134 after one victim managed to escape and alert police.
The four men and one woman were sentenced on Friday 27 May at Isleworth Crown Court.
At their trial in March the court heard how the victim, who was 19-years-old at the time, alerted police in April 2020. She was denied food by one of the gang after she refused to perform sexual services with a client. In sheer desperation and determination she managed to escape and alert police.
Detective Inspector Esther Richardson, who led the investigation, said:
“This organised crime group may never have been identified if it weren’t for our brave and courageous victim, her evidence was crucial to our investigation. I give my heartfelt thanks to her, she enabled us to bring these offenders to justice.”
Image above: Victim, ‘Bella’, who gave evidence to the investigation
“I hope my story will help keep young vulnerable women and children safe”
The victim, using the pseudonym Bella, has since said:
“I hope my story will help keep young vulnerable women and children safe. Modern slavery needs to be stop immediately. After today, I will be looking forward to the future.”
The Metropolitan Police have made a statement saying:
“At the core of the investigation was a small team of specialist officers who worked for 12 months, piecing together what had happened to ensure all the organised crime group were identified. They worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, working late into the night when the demand in the sex industry was at its highest, to gather evidence.
“In the early hours of Tuesday, 9 February 2021 officers executed five search warrants in Romford, Harrow, Hayes, Forest Gate and Harlow in Essex. They were arrested at their home addresses, along with Lozinski whose home operated as a brothel.”
Images above: Sebastian and Anna Zimoch
The gang were convicted of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view of exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitution for gain, after a ten week trial.
Sebastian Zimoch, 48, from Romford was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.
Anna Zimoch, 45, also from Romford was given a two year suspended sentence, ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and attend 30 days’ rehabilitation requirement.
Images above: Michael Lozinski, Gregaor Borowka and Rafal Lacki
Michael Lozinski, 53, from Hayes was convicted of controlling prostitution for gain and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.
Gregaor Borowka, 44, from Harrow was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment.
Rafal Lacki, 41, from Harlow was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, however he was released on Friday due to time already served.
The court heard how Lozinski ran five brothels in west London and Zimoch ran two brothels in the Docklands and north west London.
Image above: Male suspect arrested
The ‘business’ began in 2015, run by the husband and wife team, Sebastian and Anna Zimoch. They recruited women, employed a number of drivers and a receptionist. Lacki was one of the main drivers for the OCG along with Borowka, who also worked as a receptionist for Golden Kiss escort services. Both Borowka and Lacki were trusted members of the group.
During this time, one women aged 19 was sexually exploited and trafficked to clients addresses in the West End. On one occasion the victim was taken on a call out to Arab clients, around £3,000 was exchanged for her services for a whole night, with the victim being paid around £200.
In 2020, Lozinski and Zimoch stopped working together.
Sebastian and Anna Zimoch ran an escort website called Golden Kiss, advertising girls for sex work. He, along with his drivers, drove the women to the clients. Borowka accompanied Zimoch during these call outs.
Image above: Feale suspect arrested
This type of exploitation still happening across London
DI Esther Richardson commented:
“Unfortunately, this type of exploitation is still happening across London and the UK. The Met’s modern slavery team works around the clock to identify people involved in human trafficking and forced labour, and we play a role in protecting and supporting hundreds of victims each year.
“We need help from the public as they have an important role to play in recognising and reporting modern slavery. If you suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, report it. You will always be taken seriously and protection and support is available.
“Often those affected do not see themselves as potential victims of sexual exploitation and many will have been coerced into this life to make money for an organised crime network. Victims are often told the police and authorities in the UK are not to be trusted and with limited English are unable to seek help, even if they want to.
“We believe there are victims of modern slavery in every borough across London and the public may encounter them every day, possibly without realising. As well as being sexually exploited, victims have been found working in construction, domestic servitude, agriculture, cannabis factories and in places you use yourself, such as car washes, barbers and nail bars.”
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