An Albanian people trafficker who forced two women from Eastern Europe to work in Birmingham brothels has ben jailed for 12 years.
One of the victims was duped into coming into the UK after being told she could earn a "small fortune" doing clean-ing jobs but then had to hand over all her earnings.
Sentencing Albert Hoxha at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, the judge Recorder Mr Stephen Linehan QC described him as a man of "cruelty, violence and greed" and said people trafficking was the modern day equivalent of slavery.
He added: "You represent a danger to young women who fall within your claws."
Hoxha (28), of Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham, was found guilty of two charges of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, two of controlling prostitution for gain, trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation, causing or inciting prostitution for gain and assisting unlawful entry into the UK.
Co-defendant Sahit Rexhaj (23), of no fixed address, also from Albania, who was convicted of one charge of controlling prostitution for gain and had previously admitted using a false passport to enter the UK, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
Mr Linehan, who said Hoxha had been sending large sums of money out of the country, ruled he had received £122,000 as a result of his criminal activities while Rexhaj had benefited by £13,000.
The judge recommended both men be deported on finishing their sentences.
The first victim, Sigita, aged 22, had been living a reasonably happy but materially hard life in Lithuania where she had fallen into the hands of a criminal who persuaded her she could have a much better life in the UK, the court heard.
She accepted she would be involved in prostitution but believed that part of her life would be relatively small and that what she earned she would keep.
In fact she was being prepared for sale and the judge told Hoxha: "You brought her to Birmingham and you put her to work as a prostitute in the most degrading of circumstances. If she tried to resist you you struck her."
The judge said Hoxha had controlled the woman through a combination of threats and violence and that he had also threatened to tell her family what she was doing.
"You kept her in these conditions from the day of her arrival in April 2004 until her escape in August 2005. Every penny that she had you took from her.
"In this trial you presented yourself in the witness box as a quietly spoken almost gentlemanly person. That was not the true Albert Hoxha. The true Albert Hoxha is a man of cruelty, violence and greed and further, a man practised in lying and deceit."
Hoxha, through another prostitute, had arranged for a woman called Natasha, aged 30, from the Ukraine, who was desperate to improve her circumstances, to also come to Birmingham in July 2004. She was repeatedly assaulted by him and also put to work as a prostitute.
Hoxha had also given another woman a beating as a warning not to disobey him.
The court was told that during a week Natasha worked for two days at a massage parlour in Leicester and five at one in Birmingham and there came a point when Rexhaj was put in charge of Sigita before both women escaped from a brothel in Leicester.
Anthony Bell, defending Hoxha, said it was not a case of the women being under lock and key all day.
Elroy Claxton, for Rexhaj, said the trafficking operation was already up and running before he arrived in the UK.