- Marius Ciubotariu
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A couple who lured an 18-year-old woman to the UK with promises of a babysitting job, but then raped her and forced her into prostitution, were jailed yesterday, Friday, 10 April.
In the summer of 2013, Andreea Ciubotariu, 26 (03.07.88) a Romanian national of Magnolia Court, The Mall, Harrow approached the victim in her home village in Romania, and asked her to work for her as a babysitter in London.
Several months later, the victim agreed to the proposal and Andreea Ciubotariu arranged her coach travel to London.
The victim arrived at Queensbury, Harrow on 29 December 2013 and was met by Ciubotariu's husband, Marius Ciubotariu, 31 (08.10.83) a Romanian national also of Magnolia Court. He drove her to a hotel in an unknown location where he raped her.
The next day, he took her to his home address where he repeatedly raped her for several days - on one occasion, in his car.
He told her that she had to work as a prostitute and although she was allowed to keep her phone he threatened her that he was working with the police and that no one would help her if she reported her situation.
On 13 January 2014, Marius Ciubotariu took the victim to a brothel in an unknown location where she was forced to have sex with men. The next day he collected her and took her to another brothel, on Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak where she was again forced to have sex with men.
However, the victim took the brave step of contacting her uncle, via Facebook, on her phone. Her uncle contacted a friend in the UK, who in turn passed the victim's details onto his friend.
This man arranged to meet the victim and she sheltered at his house for over a week and arranged for her to meet a woman from a local church who could speak Romanian. The victim told the woman what had happened to her and the woman encouraged her to report the offences to police.
The Trafficking and Kidnap Unit began investigating and arrested the Ciubotarius on 29 January 2014.
They both pleaded not guilty to the offences but were convicted at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday, 4 March.
Yesterday, at the same court, Marius Ciubotariu was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for rape, human trafficking and controlling prostitution.
Andreea Ciubotariu was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for aiding and abetting rape, human trafficking and controlling prostitution.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Hart, of the Trafficking and Kidnap Unit, said: "The Ciubotarius' lured the victim to the UK with promises of a babysitting job, but they had plotted all along to use and abuse her.
"This innocent young woman who was looking for a job opportunity has had her life ruined but I hope that she will find some small comfort in knowing that her abusers are now behind bars."