Man denies people trafficking charge

A 38-year-old man today denied a people smuggling charge when he appeared before magistrates.Peteris Kalva of Cherry Road, Wisbech, is alleged to have committed the offence in connection with controlling prostitution in the town between July 24 and August 25.

A 38-year-old man today denied a people smuggling charge when he appeared before magistrates.

Peteris Kalva of Cherry Road, Wisbech, is alleged to have committed the offence in connection with controlling prostitution in the town between July 24 and August 25.

Kalva , who was arrested on Thursday, was refused bail and was remanded in custody by Fenland magistrates until a committal hearing on October 2.

The full wording of the charge facing Kalva alleges that between July 24 and August 25, he “intentionally arranged or facilitated travel within the UK by another person, intending to do something to or in respect of that other person, during or after the journey and any part of the world which if done would have involved the commission of a relevant offence as defined by section 60 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, namely controlling prostitution”.


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The move is the latest by the police team working on Operation Radium, part of a national drive to end the trafficking trade which sees young women brought from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East to be auctioned as sex slaves in the UK.

Kalva is believed to be the first man from Cambridgeshire to be charged with the offence.

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