Thursday, September 16, 2010

Virginity for sale: Sex gang busted in Britain

Three women and a man were nabbed after a luxury hotel staff tipped off the police.

A gang that offered to sell the virginity of girls to the wealthy has been busted in Britain by the Scotland Yard. An undercover officer was told that the girls were virgins and could be 'broken' by a client he was pretending to represent. Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the sex trafficking gang was offering the virginity of underage girls to wealthy businessmen for up to 150,000 pounds. Three women and a man were nabbed after a luxury hotel staff tipped off the police. One of the women had offered the gang's services in a handwritten letter to the owner of the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London last year. The note said: "I have 12 girls ready from the age 14-20 years living all over the UK, I have spent money on the preparation of this event such as a rented house for the girls and also all expenses needed." The police traced the telephone number given in the letter to an address in Wigan where Fatima Hagnegat was staying with her husband, Rassoul Gholampour. Sleuths established contact with the gang under the guise of potential clients. The media report said that an undercover officer called up the mobile number provided in the letter and sought to hire girls for a client.

The officer spoke to Hagnegat's aunt, Marohkh Jamali, who said that she could provide girls from Iran, Britain and Eastern Europe aged 14 and 20. The officer then arranged to meet Jamali who assured him that some of her girls were virgins and could be 'broken' by his client. She said she would bring up to five girls, including two 13-year-olds, and would expect 50,000 to 150,000 pounds for each. The next day Jamali went to another London hotel. She was accompanied by Hagnegat and six girls, two of whom were aged 14 and 17. Officers arrested Jamali and Hagnegat. The girls have told investigators that they had travelled with Hagnegat on the understanding that they would be able to earn some money 'dancing' for a party of rich men. It was only later they were told they may be asked to have sex with the men. The gang members pleaded guilty to trafficking and prostitution offences at Harrow Crown Court Monday. 


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