Officers from Wiltshire were first alerted in May 2017, after North Wales Police attended a hotel in Wrexham and spoke to a sex worker who revealed she was being put to work by an organised crime group in Swindon.
What followed was a three-and-a-half-year complex police investigation, which included trawling through financial records, liaising with other police forces across the country, examining digital devices and computers which were seized from their address during a warrant and taking statements from potential witnesses.
Their work revealed that Simion and Borcos were running a highly-organised operation using vulnerable women, usually women originally from Romania who could not speak English and had no way of securing legal work in the UK.
Detective Constable Nick Bishop, from Wiltshire Police, said: “We carried out a lengthy and complex investigation, using various tactics to gather the evidence we needed to prove that Simion and Borcos were trafficking vulnerable women and profiting from their misery.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker, who leads Wiltshire Police’s work on tackling human trafficking and modern slavery, said: “These types of offences are very often hidden crimes, but we are working hard to raise awareness about them and the damage that is done to those who are exploited.
“We aim to not only identify and convict offenders, but also protect the victims – such as the vulnerable women in this case – so they have the support they need to deal with what has happened to them.
“If you suspect that someone you know is being exploited, or you have concerns about a business or individual you believe may be involved in modern slavery or trafficking, then please report this to us.
Communities have an important role to play in recognising the signs of human trafficking and modern slavery and we would urge everyone to learn more about these crimes and what you can do to report your suspicions by visiting our website: https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ms/human-trafficking/