Judge Orders Suspended Sentence For Human Trafficking

A man has been given a suspended sentence in Belfast for human trafficking and money laundering offences.

35 year-old Marian Ilie was handed one years imprisonment suspended for two years at Laganside Crown Court on Thursday 30 January.

He is the fourth person to be convicted under the new 2015 Human Trafficking Legislation in Northern Ireland.

Police secured the prosecution without relying on any evidence provided by the victims after arresting Ilie as part of a proactive investigation into the trafficking of women into Northern Ireland for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Head of the PSNI's Specialist Investigations Unit, Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said: "Evidence secured by police identified Marian Ilie as being involved in the exploitation of these women and while he had a less prominent role in the trafficking operation, today's sentence demonstrates that no matter what part you play in exploitation and human trafficking, you will be brought to justice."

Police have urged anyone who believes they are being exploited to contact detectives using non-emergency line 101.

Information can also be provided anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.


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