June 18 2013 Latest news:
By Anthony Carroll
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A member of gang which was involved in running a series of brothels across east Anglia, including one at a Norwich flat, was given a suspended prison sentence today.
Przemyslaw Wegrzynowski was arrested in a car near to a flat above a business premises in Avenue Road which had been raided by police in July 2010 as part of major operation targeting prostitution and people trafficking.
A sex worker was found by police in the flat.
Wegrzynowski appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced to a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after he had earlier admitted conspiring to assist in the running of brothels.
As a condition of his sentence he is barred from entering Norwich, Ipswich or Colchester.
The 41-year-old from Ipswich was used as a taxi driver by people higher up in the gang to ferry Polish sex workers from brothel to brothel or from sex parlours to an airport.
Wegrzynowski was arrested during a operation which saw raids at premises in Avenue Road as well as Ipswich, Harwich, Swindon and Tedburn St Mary in Devon.
Five victims of sexual exploitation were located during the raids and evidence of brothels was also found in Ipswich and in Colchester.
The raids in July 2010 involved police, the UK Border Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service Complex Case Unit, the UK Human Trafficking Centre and the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s Vulnerable Persons Team.
As well as Wegrzynowski three other people from the gang were sentenced yesterday at Ipswich Crown Court for conspiracy to assist in the running of brothels.
Eliza Bryll, 24, of Chelmsford, Essex, was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work as part of a 12 month community order and Jagoda Kukielka, 26, of Braintree, Essex, and Magdalena Pacula, 22, formerly of Stroud, Gloucestershire, but now of London, were each given 100 hours unpaid work as part of 12 month community orders.