A UK taxi driver has been hailed a hero after thwarting a sex trafficking attempt.
West Midlands Police have released bodycam vision from the night officers rescued the pregnant woman from a taxi, after receiving a call from the driver, Tahir Mehmood.
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In the vision, Mehmood explains that he’d been flagged down by a man, who ushered the woman into the car and then disappeared.
Ordered to take her to the address of a local brothel, Mehmood stopped the car when he noticed the woman was crying.
She explained she’d arrived in the UK four days earlier for work, but they’d told her “to go to prostitution, to do sex, but I don’t want to do it”, she says.
She then asked for Mehmood’s help to “go back to my country” which prompted him to call the police.
The woman, who was three months pregnant, was placed into protective custody.
Police said all she had in her possession was a bag of 50 condoms.
The following day police raided the brothel and rescued several other suspected sex slaves.
A Romanian man was later convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to nine years in jail, despite denying his involvement.
Police found Rob Enescu had kept the woman as a prisoner in “squalid” conditions for two days.
The woman had been lured to the UK from Romania after responding to an advert that she thought was a “legitimate job” and arrived at Luton Airport on February 16.
Within hours of landing, she realised she was in danger.
“She was kept locked in a room … with no food or heating, just a mattress to lie on and a bucket as a toilet,” Detective Inspector Wes Martin said.
“She said she had no way to escape: the door was locked from the outside and had no handle on the inside.”
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“She was too afraid to jump from a window as she was pregnant; she tried to raise the alarm by shouting help but no-one replied.”
Two days later she was told she would be released into a brothel where she would work and was required to give half of her earnings to Enescu.
He then made her pose in lingerie for adult site profile pictures.