French court sentences two Romanians to three years in jail for pandering

Two Romanians have been sentenced to three years in jail and will not be allowed to enter France for ten more years after being found guilty of forcing two Romanian women to prostitute themselves, ‘La Provence’ daily informs, quoted by Hotnews.

The Avignon Court sentenced Ilie Bratu (22) and Romeo Cristea (27) for pandering. The two were caught and placed under preventive arrest in June 2009. The French policemen had them under surveillance for one month, looking for evidence concerning their illegal activities. The prosecutors argued that the men kept the two women in a kind of “modern slavery,” limiting their freedom. On the other hand, the defence claimed the women were not under duress, one of them regularly sending money back to her mother in Romania. The two Romanians were sentenced to three years in jail.

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