Three jailed for Preston rape and prostitution offences

Marius Petre, Ionut Ion and Adrian Matei Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Marius Petre, Ionut Ion and Adrian Matei were jailed for prostitution and rape

Three men have been jailed for rape after two Romanian women were forced into prostitution.

Marius Petre, 27, and Adrian Matei, 34, were jailed for 20 years for two counts of rape, causing prostitution for financial gain and human trafficking.

Ionut Ion, 35, was jailed for 13 years for keeping a brothel used for prostitution, and two counts of rape.

All three men, who were from Romania, were convicted at Preston Crown Court in February.

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Petre and Ion, from Preston, and Matei, of Longworth Street, Preston, must each serve a minimum of five years.

Lancashire Police found the women, aged 18, after receiving a tweet from someone who said there may be underage girls at the brothel in Longworth Street.

Officers found the two women when they raided the premises in July.

They had been in the UK for about two weeks after being brought from Romania by Petre and Matei, who promised work as hotel maids, police said.

But they were taken to the brothel and told that they would be working as prostitutes.

The two women were forced to perform sexual acts on customers and were threatened with violence to them and their families.

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