A man has been jailed for human trafficking offences, due to his involvement in facilitating the illegal entry of 47 people into the UK.
Sussex Police were called to reports of harassment at a hotel housing asylum seekers in Crawley on 26 June. It was later established through the police investigation that the victim had been smuggled into the UK.
The victim – a 22-year-old woman – was smuggled in a small boat from France which was captained and organised by Kiki Gabar who is also known as Salam Jabar, 29, of no fixed address.
An investigation was launched by Sussex Police and following enquiries with the Home Office and partner agencies, it was confirmed Gabar was involved in bringing the woman, and a total of 47 people, into the UK.
Gabar pleaded guilty to entering the UK illegally and was found guilty of facilitating the pre-travel arrangements for human trafficking in France, facilitating illegal entry of 47 people into the UK and common assault.
He was sentenced on Tuesday, 21 November at Brighton Crown Court to four years and one-month imprisonment.
The victim, as well as the other 46 people who were smuggled into the country, are being supported and safeguarded by specialist officers and agencies.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Garman, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking lead, said: “Sussex Police take human trafficking and organised immigration offences extremely seriously, and the investigation team has worked tirelessly to secure this conviction.
“We will continue to work alongside partner agencies and victim support services to ensure that vulnerable people are supported and safeguarded from the harm that is caused by human trafficking, whilst ensuring those who take advantage of the vulnerable are held to account through the criminal justice system. “