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Trafficking gang jailed for more than 30 years
3:04pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Three men and a woman have today been jailed for a total of over 30 years after being convicted of people trafficking for exploitation following a ten week trial.
Abdul Sabool Shinwary, 38 of Washington Street, Girlington, Bradford has been sentenced to 10 years and three months after being convicted of people trafficking for exploitation under section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004.
Imrich Bodor, 45, of Clipstone Street, West Bowling, Bradford has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of people trafficking for exploitation under section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004.
Azam Khan, 33, of Brougham Street, Burnley has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of people trafficking, three offences of rape, assault and false imprisonment.
Kristina Makunova, 37 of Girlington Road, Bradford pleaded guilty to people trafficking for exploitation during the first week of the trial and was given a 51 week custodial sentence.
A fifth person, Nusrat Khan, 40, of Colne Road, Burnley was handed a nine month suspended sentence after being found guilty of false imprisonment.
Petra Dzudzova, 25, of Clipstone Street, Bradford will be sentenced tomorrow after being convicted of people trafficking for exploitation.
On Saturday, October 20, 2012, police received an anonymous call to report that a 20-year-old Slovakian woman was being held against her will at a property in the Daneshouse area of Burnley.
The woman was rescued by officers from an address on Colne Road, the home address of Nusrat Khan, and disclosed that she had been kidnapped in Slovakia and brought into the UK where she was subsequently exploited.
A police investigation revealed that she had been brought into the UK by Imrich Bodor and kept in the Bradford area by him and Petra Dzudzova before being sold to Abdul Shinwary. Shinwary then sold the victim to Azam Khan, who is the nephew of Nusrat Khan.
She was then married to Azam Khan in a Nikah ceremony at a Burnley Mosque on October 13, 2012 at a time when he was due to be deported to Pakistan, after being refused leave to remain in the UK.
Azam Khan was arrested in October 2012 for offences relating to the trafficking of his victim, alongside his relatives, Mashrafat and Nusrat Khan. Azam Khan was subsequently charged with rape, assault and false imprisonment and remanded into custody.