Four jailed for offering virgins to rich Arab tycoons
Four members of a prostitution ring who tried to sell the virginity of young women for up to £150,000 (€180,000) have been jailed in Britain.
The gang planned to rake in huge sums by setting up a party at which young women could accept offers of sex for cash from wealthy Arab businessmen.
They offered their services in a letter to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, the owner of the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London, last August.
The multibillionaire sheikh, who police said had no knowledge of the crimes, became the ruler of Dubai in 2006 and owns properties around the world, including an Irish stud farm.
Suspicious staff passed the note to police, who began an undercover sting operation involving a Farsi-speaking officer posing as a fixer.
Provocative photographs of the girls, including one aged 14, were exchanged in 27 emails, alongside discussion of what sex acts they were prepared to undertake.
One conspirator said some of the girls were virgins who could be "broken" by the client and offered to bring two 13-year-old "dancers" to the party.
When several members of the gang turned up at a second hotel for a dancing and sex party with six scantily-clad girls aged between 14 and 22, they were arrested by waiting police.
Yesterday, Judge Alan Greenwood told Harrow Crown Court the that gang was "motivated by greed" and played different roles in committing the crime.
The gang was Mahrookh Jamali (41), of Kilburn, north London; Sara Bordbar (43), of Finchley Road, north London; and husband and wife Fatima Hagnegat (24) and Rasoul Gholampour (30), from Wigan.
All four pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic six women aged between 17 and 22 from north-west England to London between July and October last year for sexual exploitation.
Jamali, Hagnegat and Bordbar also admitted conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain between the same dates.
Ringleader Jamali was jailed for two years and nine months; Hagnegat, described as the "recruiting sergeant", was jailed for two years and six months; Bordbar was jailed for two years and three months, and Gholampour was jailed for two years and nine months.