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Romanian man convicted for modern slavery and sex offences

A 33-year-old man has been convicted for a series of crimes including modern slavery and rape.

Warwickshire Police today said the verdict should act as a warning to those who exploit vulnerable people.

Robert Petre, of no fixed abode but residing in Coventry and originally from Romania, was convicted at Warwick Crown Court today, Thursday 20 December 2018.

He was found guilty of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain, two counts of rape and assault.

Petre met the victim, a woman in her 20s, in Romania in February 2017.

Two weeks later he forced her to move to England to work as a prostitute. He threatened to kill her children if she didn't.

While here, he regularly beat and raped her forcing her to work as a prostitute in Coventry. He would keep any of the money she made.

In April 2017, she managed to escape from the house where she was being held and went to the police.

Having fled the UK, Petre was arrested in July 2018 after being extradited from Romania under a European Arrest Warrant.

Following the conviction, Warwickshire Police paid tribute to the bravery of the victim in helping to bring about the conviction.

Detective Inspector Dave Andrews, modern slavery advisor for Warwickshire Police, said: "I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victim in this case. I hope this conviction will be of some comfort to her as she continues to come to terms with what has happened to her and begins to rebuild her life.

"Petre is a calculating and controlling man who kept a hold over his victim by threatening to kill her children who remained in Romania.

"He has now been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing in the New Year and won't be able to cause harm to anyone else. His conviction should serve as a warning to others who look to exploit vulnerable people.

"Warwickshire Police takes all reports of modern slavery and sexual offences extremely seriously. I would encourage anyone who has suffered from these offences to report them to police. We will treat you with sensitivity and offences will be thoroughly investigated."

Anyone with concerns that someone is being exploited can call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. For more information go to

Published 20/12/18