Three charged with running human trafficking ring in shadow of Sheffield Wednesday football stadium

A total of five people have been charged after police raids

A total of five people have been charged after police raids

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Three people have been charged with running a human trafficking operation in the shadow of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough football stadium.

Nicolae Ionita, 24, Razvan Tanasa, 30, Claudia Ionita, 29, are all of Leppings Lane - yards from the infamous terrace on which 96 Liverpool supporters were killed in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

They were among five people charged under Section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act. The other two were Sorina Cretu, 22 and from nearby Attercliffe Road in Sheffield, and Shane Booth, who is 27 and of Henderson Place in Rotherham.

All five of those charged have been bailed to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday December 20.

The charges come after three warrants were carried out across Sheffield in relation to possible human trafficking. The warrants were carried out at properties in Leppings Lane, Henderson Place in Canklow Road, Rotherham and Pandora’s Massage Parlour in Sheffield. 

A closure notice was subsequently served on Pandora’s Massage Parlour, Attercliffe Road, under Section 136B of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, police said.


The premise will remain closed until a court hearing on Friday December 8 when officers will apply for the property to be closed for three months.