Immigrant to Britain charged with sex trafficking

A 38-year-old Latvian immigrant charged with sex trafficking and inciting prostitution appeared in a British court April 1, local media and the BBC reported.

Pēteris Kalva is accused of importing a 26-year-old woman from Latvia and selling her sexual services in July and August 2007 around the town of Wisbech in the county of Cambridgeshire, which is in east central England.

Kalva denies the charges, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph reported. Kalva appeared in Cambridge Crown Court.

Kalva is alleged to have arranged for the woman’s travel from Latvia to Great Britain, where she was to work in a food factory. Instead, prosecutor Angela Rafferty told the court, Kalva took her passport and wages, and forced her into prostitution.

The prosecution alleges Kalva sold the woman’s sexual services for GBP 50 per encounter, allowing her to keep GBP 20.

The woman apparently had been sold for sex in Latvia, too, the prosecutor said, according to media reports.

If convicted, Kalva could face up to 14 years in jail. His trial was scheduled to continue April 2.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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