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Crime gang boss boasted more than £20,000 a month brought in by smuggling prostitutes into the UK

The boast of a despicable female criminal ring boss who smuggled prostitutes into the UK and said they had to ‘look pretty’ to fund her luxurious life was revealed when she was in jail this week.

Catalina Cojocaru, 37, lived a luxurious lifestyle with boyfriend Jamie Dunn, 42, while raking in £250,000 a year running a massive prostitution ring that exploited vulnerable women for sex and illegally smuggled them into the UK.

Meanwhile, her brother, who was also involved in the ring, has been on at least 12 different luxury vacations since the ring was founded, including to Thailand, North Africa and the Dominican Republic.

Cojocaru was instrumental in launching a crime gang with Dunn in Northampton before expanding across the country to Nottingham and Birmingham – soon making £20,000 a month.

Police raided her home in Northampton on January 17, where she found detailed evidence of the operation and the key role she played in organizing it.

Catalina Cojocaru, 37, lived a luxurious lifestyle with boyfriend Jamie Dunn, 42, while raking in £250,000 a year running a huge prostitution ring

Catalina Cojocaru, 37, lived a luxurious lifestyle with boyfriend Jamie Dunn, 42, while raking in £250,000 a year running a huge prostitution ring

Cojocaru and Dunn bragged about a trip to London in December 2021, visiting expensive restaurants

Cojocaru and Dunn bragged about a trip to London in December 2021, visiting expensive restaurants

Cojocaru was pictured outside a luxury hotel charging up to £562 for a double room

Cojocaru was pictured outside a luxury hotel charging up to £562 for a double room

Dunn has shared blatant photos of their happy lives just months before their trial and sentencing - including snappy snaps of his partner in a bikini

Dunn has shared blatant photos of their happy lives just months before their trial and sentencing – including snappy snaps of his partner in a bikini

Although the couple were partners when they started their trafficking business, they are now married and have two children - but have been behind bars for years now

Although the couple were partners when they started their trafficking business, they are now married and have two children – but have been behind bars for years now

Catalina Cojucaru, right, pictured with boyfriend Jamie Dunn, center and brother Andrei Cojucaru, left.  All three were part of the sex trafficking ring

Catalina Cojucaru, right, pictured with boyfriend Jamie Dunn, center and brother Andrei Cojucaru, left. All three were part of the sex trafficking ring

She ran the day-to-day operation by involving women, mainly from Romania, to travel to the UK as sex workers and organize their flight and transport to a property of her choice.

The women were then forced to engage in off-street prostitution in brothels in the Midlands.

A court heard that Cojocaru told women to “look their best” and, when asked for half-naked photos, would tell them to “look sexy” and wear makeup.

Police found lists and text messages showing that Cojocaru was acting as the sex workers’ “boss” who interacted with them on a daily basis and tracked daily earnings.

Evidence showed the women would earn up to £1,640 a day, with the gang taking 50 percent off every woman between November 2015 and January 2017.

One day, when seven women were making £900, she wrote at the bottom of the diary: ‘f**k me, I’m brilliant.’

She forced the women to work long hours while taking half of their earnings and using them to pay for her luxurious lifestyle.

The gang exploited up to 13 women at a time and rented four separate properties to house them.

Photos on Dunn’s Facebook page show the couple spending time together in luxury locations in December 2021.

A photo shows them staying just before Christmas at The Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch, London, a luxury hotel where, at the time of publication, prices are as high as £562 a night for a double room.

During the same trip, the couple visited Mr White’s restaurant at Marco Pierre White in Leicester Square.

Marco Pierre White was the first British chef to receive three Michelin stars.

The pair also splash out at other luxury restaurants – including The Point restaurant at the Haven Hotel in Poole – where main meals range from £21 to £38.

The couple has been married since the arrest and has two children.

Dunn’s Facebook profile contains no reference to the crimes he and Catalina committed, but plenty of holiday photos of the couple in the sun.

Dunn posted on December 4 last year to wish Cojocaru a happy birthday, saying: “Happy Birthday my wonderful wife, best friend and the most patient mother in the world. Thank you for all you do every day to keep our wheels turning.’

Ayanna Nelson, the accuser, told the court that Cojocaru did this “with the expectation of substantial substantial financial gain.”

Referring to Cojocaru’s conviction, Judge Rebecca Crane said, “You have exploited the labor of others for significant financial gain and the business would have continued if the police had not intervened.”

Cojocaru was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday (June 14).

Dunn’s role in the prostitution circle included ensuring a ‘constant supply’ of women to work for him and his partner and creating online advertisements – and about £11,000 was spent on advertising sexual services alone.

Dunn and Cojocaru, who lived in the posh village of Lower Harlestone, Northampton, where house prices average £900,000, were accused of trafficking women into the UK.

They both admitted to conspiring to arrange or facilitate another person’s travel to the UK for the purpose of exploiting them for prostitution.

Dunn was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Dunn’s elderly father Martin Dunn, 74, was also involved in the plot, as was Cojocaru’s brother Andrei Cojocaru, 26.

Dunn Snr paid for airline tickets for women coming to the UK, helped pick them up at airports and even financed hotels and serviced apartments.

Jamie Dunn's father Martin, 74, was also involved in the plot and helped pick up the women from UK airports

Jamie Dunn’s father Martin, 74, was also involved in the plot and helped pick up the women from UK airports

Andrei Cojocaru’s job was to man the brothel phones and arrange meetings between customers and the women, escort them to the property and pick up the trafficked women from airports.

Andrei Cojocaru’s Facebook profile tells the story of a flight around the world, presumably using his earnings as part of human trafficking.

Since the ring started in November 2015, he has posted about luxury vacations to the Dominican Republic, Greece, Romania, Prague, Morocco (including camel rides across the Sahara), a second vacation to Greece, London, Spain, Tenerife, a second vacation to Romania, Thailand and Paris – and a visit to Romania just months before the gang of human trafficking and exploitation started.

Andrei Cojocaru, 26, has shared dozens of photos of himself on luxury vacations around the world since the people-smuggling ring was formed in 2015.

Andrei Cojocaru, 26, has shared dozens of photos of himself on luxury vacations around the world since the people-smuggling ring was formed in 2015.

Cojucaru's brother even went to Thailand on a luxury trip - while at home helping his sister exploit women for sex

Cojucaru’s brother even went to Thailand on a luxury trip – while at home helping his sister exploit women for sex

Andrei traveled through Morocco, posting boastful photos of his adventures in cities and the Sahara desert

Andrei traveled through Morocco, posting boastful photos of his adventures in cities and the Sahara desert

One vacation took him to the Dominican Republic in February of this year

Catalina's brother went twice to Greece (pictured) and Romania

Andrei Cojucaru also went twice to the Dominican Republic (left) and Greece (right)

Martin Dunn, of Northampton, was sentenced to 12 months’ community service and 100 hours of unpaid work for acquiring criminal property after receiving a large sum of money after a house sale.

Andrei Cojocaru, also from Northampton, was sentenced to a year in prison, a 14-month suspension and 150 hours of unpaid work for conspiracy to control prostitution for profit.

The convictions, which were part of Operation Eton, were the first charges of modern slavery and human trafficking to be confirmed by Northamptonshire Police.

Detective Inspector Carrie Powers said: “This has been a very complex and lengthy investigation, but I am very pleased that it enabled us to secure the first charges against the force under modern slavery law and to obtain the guilty verdicts for all four offenders.

This organized crime ring exploited vulnerable women with the false promise of a better life in the UK.

“Instead, they forced them to have sex with a large number of men without regard for their rights or well-being.

“These women worked long hours, but much of their earnings were taken by the gang, which would then be used to fund luxurious lifestyles.

“Investigating cases like this can be complicated, but the Northamptonshire Police are absolutely committed to tackling modern slavery and bringing those who exploit vulnerable members of our community to justice.”

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