“I’m brilliant,” said the boss of a sex worker ring that made $440,000 a year and was run by a woman.
A woman who ran a prostitution ring and bragged about how “brilliant” she was while taking advantage of women has been sent to prison.
A UK crime boss who ran a sex work ring that made $440,000 a year and bragged about her luxurious life has been sent to prison for three years and nine months.
Catalina Cojocaru, a 37-year-old mother of two, wrote in her diary, “F**k me, I’m brilliant,” after seven women were forced to have sex for $1500 in one day.
She stayed in five-star hotels, ate at fancy restaurants, and traveled to fancy places around the world with her boyfriend, Jamie Dunn, 42, who has also been jailed for four years and nine months, according to The Sun.
Martin Dunn, Dunn’s 74-year-old father, and Andrei Cojocaru, Cojocaru’s 26-year-old brother, were also part of the plan.
Andrei Cojocaru, who was also from Northampton, got a one-year sentence with 14 months of probation and 150 hours of unpaid work for trying to control prostitution for money.
At least 12 of Andrei’s trips had been to high-end places like Thailand, North Africa, and the Dominican Republic.
The group brought women, mostly from Romania, into the UK illegally and forced them to work in brothels in the Midlands of England.
Detective Inspector Carrie Powers of Northampton Police said, “They took advantage of weak women by telling them they would have a better life in the UK, which was not true.”
The court heard that Cojocaru and Dunn started the business in Northampton and then grew it to Nottingham and Birmingham. Soon, they were making $35,000 a month from the business.
Cojocaru, who was the women’s “boss,” told them to “look their best,” “look sexy,” and wear makeup when they took semi-naked pictures.
Cojocaru used up to 13 women at once and kept them in four homes he rented from private people.
Cojocaru and Dunn, on the other hand, lived a very luxurious life. Facebook photos show that they stayed in $1700-a-night hotels and ate at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Cojocaru found the women, set up their transportation and lodging, and talked to them every day while keeping track of how much money they made.
Dunn used online ads to make sure he had a steady supply of women. He spent $19,000 just on ads for sexual services.
Martin Dunn, his father, bought the women’s plane tickets and helped pick them up at the airport.
While this was going on, Andrei Cojocaru answered the phones at the brothel and set up meetings between the women and clients. He also helped get the women who had been trafficked from airports.
The couple, who have two kids, was arrested in January when police raided their home in Northampton’s expensive Lower Harlestone neighborhood. Since their arrest in January, Dunn and Cojocaru have gotten married.
Judge Rebecca Crane told Cojocaru, “You used other people’s work to make a lot of money, and the business would have kept going if the police hadn’t stepped in.”
They both said that they had broken the law against modern slavery.