The drug ecstasy summons up courage, masking her fears.
“I am putting my life right out there.” Mia is a microcosm of the escalating sex trade in Peterborough. P, a sex work action project overseen by a handful of community social service agencies.
The judge also attacked the failure by the gang to learn enough English to follow the trial or sentencing.
Several family members also listened to today's proceedings in court via the interpreters through headphones.
He added: "The combination of the crimes you have committed and your attitude to these crimes both in this country and this court bring discredit on all of you in the dock and does a disservice to your fellow Roma who want to work hard in this country, improve themselves and make a positive contribution."It was the first trial under Operation Erle, a joint investigation between Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council's Children's Services.
PETERBOROUGH -- Mia has to be high as a kite to turn a trick. “I don’t know how I do it because it is so scary,” she says.
Zdeno Mirga, 18, who was described as “the boss” by one victim, was sentenced to 16-and-a half years in a young offender institution (YOI) for eight counts of rape and one count of inciting child prostitution. Renato Balog, 18, a Roma who helped Abdulla sell drugs, will serve 12 years in a YOI for five rapes and three sexual assaults.
“There’s a lot competition,” explains Jackie, a street worker for the past three years. She is flagging down men hourly and brings home an average of 0 a day.
The men and youths, of Czech and Slovak Roma, and Kurdish backgrounds, preyed on a total of five girls, including one with severe learning difficulties, in Cambridgeshire last year.