Brother and sister ran a sex business driving escorts to hotels with cocaine for customers
The company provided transport for sex workers to and from a client’s location to deliver cocaine, which was a hotel or home address.
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A brother and sister who ran a sex business leading escorts to hotels carrying cocaine for clients have been jailed.
Claudia Anca, 27, and Vasile Anca, 24, and their associate Mihaita Strat, 51, ran the sex trade exploiting vulnerable women for profit.
The trio were arrested following an undercover operation involving plainclothes police posing as customers, reports MyLondon.
At 11:40 p.m. on January 13, officers went to the siblings’ home address and arrested them, while Strat was also detained by officers.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court on November 17, the Ancas were each sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and Strat was sentenced to two years.
All three initially denied involvement, and a four-week trial began on November 8. However, due to the large amount of evidence against them, they all pleaded guilty on November 9 to controlling prostitution.
The Anca siblings also pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs. Trafficking charges were left on file.
The court heard the trio had been running a sex business advertised on a website since at least March 2019, when a company called “Ace Concept” was formed, with the siblings listed as directors.
The company provided transportation for sex workers to and from a client’s location, which was a hotel or home address.
Claudia was in charge of the business while her brother Vasile also had a leading role and helped Claudia run the business as well as providing frequent transportation for the women.
Strat also helped run the business and sometimes helped Claudia with the website and gave directions to sex workers.
He also acted as a driver, transporting the women to appointments and back.
Detectives found that Ace Concept was linked to a number of ads on a classified website. Claudia’s phone number appeared on individual ads to book sex services with women. Additionally, the cardholder details of siblings have been listed for advertisements on the website.
There were 73 sibling payments between July 2019 and January 2021, totaling £23,162.99. Strat also paid for some of the ads in August 2020.
During their investigation, detectives identified and confirmed at least six calls to hotels via CCTV, mobile phone and ANPR work. On two of these occasions, the Metropolitan Police deployed undercover officers to pose as customers.
On the second occasion, an undercover officer called Claudia and arranged for two sex and cocaine workers to be brought to a hotel in Barking.
Shortly before 10:40 p.m. on January 13, Claudia called the officer to say the girls were outside the hotel.
He went to meet them and Strat yelled “did you order an escort”, to which he replied yes.
The officer told the women to go wait inside the hotel and Strat was then arrested by officers, who found £890 cash in his car along with a GPS, which contained the address siblings, and a small zipper bag. , who later tested positive for traces of cocaine.
Officers searched the Ancas’ home and seized a quantity of cash and cocaine, several cell phones and a pink notebook containing several handwritten financial entries for the company.
While at the police station, Strat noticed Claudia and said in a low voice to an officer, “She’s the boss, she’s the boss.”
Detective Inspector Nigel Penney, of the Met’s modern slavery and child exploitation team, said: ‘It was an excellent investigation by my team of detectives, which led to the defendants changing their guilty pleas because of the overwhelming evidence against them.
“This criminal enterprise was led and controlled by Claudia Anca who, along with her brother Vasile and Strat, had absolutely no regard for the welfare or safety of the women they exploited for their own greed.
“The Met is committed to making London a safe place for everyone and will continue to work behind the scenes to target and bring to justice people like siblings Anca and Strat who treat people like nothing more than an object to earn money.
“We remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to protect women and girls, like those who have been exploited by the Ancas and Strat.
“The Met takes all reports of exploitation very seriously and I encourage anyone who has suffered from these types of offenses to contact the police where they will be treated sensitively and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated. “