On July 24, a judge at Woolwich Crown Court sentenced 19-year-old Ilcic Dumitru and his 24-year-old brother, Ioan Dumitru, to 15 and 16 years in jail respectively.
Detective Inspector Grant Anderson, from the Metropolitan Police's Modern Slavery and Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, said: "This was an awful crime which subjected a vulnerable young woman to a hideous way of life. We know she will never forget her time in captivity but I can report she gave birth to a healthy baby boy."
"I hope she now has some closure after knowing these men will be behind bars for a long time."
"We are committed to bringing these offenders to justice and will continue to work with local and oversea partners to do this."
Karen Anstiss, the service manager at Caritas Bakhita House, said: "This result shows that three different agencies with varying roles can work well together, putting the needs of the victim and her unborn child first, but also securing convictions against those who are fueled by their own greed."
"Human traffickers have no conscience about the hurt and pain they inflict on others in order to bring about the money they crave."
The International Labor Organization estimates that 24.9 million people worldwide are trapped in forced labor, with 4.8 million suffering sexual exploitation. Women and girls account for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, according to the ILO.
Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has frequently denounced human trafficking. He encouraged the formation of the Santa Marta Group, an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops that aims to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
In 2019, the Vatican released an online guide seeking to combat the "ugly business" of human trafficking, which generates an estimated $150 billion a year.
This is not the first time that Caritas Bakhita House has helped to put offenders behind bars. The safe house has so far assisted the authorities in jailing traffickers for a combined total of more than 130 years.
Asked how Catholics could best support the shelter's work, Anstiss told CNA: "The obvious answer is funding as we receive no help from the government, but if people can raise awareness on any level to try and slow down this appalling crime that would be amazing."
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