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A RO­MA­NIAN pimp who ‘bought’ a woman from sex traf­fick­ers and forced her into prostitution has been jailed for 15 years.

Mar­cel Vasile, 36, was con­victed five years af­ter ‘buy­ing’ the 18-year-old off Bog­dan and Mar­ius Ne­jloveanus fol­low­ing an in­ter­na­tional man­hunt.

Vasile, de­scribed as a ‘cal­cu­lat­ing, men­ac­ing char­ac­ter’ with lit­tle re­gard for women, raped his 23-year-old vic­tim and made her work in mas­sage par­lours.

He was jailed af­ter be­ing found guilty of rape, con­trol­ling prostitution and traf­fick­ing.

The woman was one of six brought to Bri­tain by the Ne­jloveanus, who are also from Ro­ma­nia.

In early 2008, she was sold to Vasile, a Lon­don­based pimp who was on the run from a sex traf­fick­ing case in Spain, be­cause she was fight­ing the Ne­jloveanus’ at­tempts to ex­ploit her.

The Ne­jloveanus then went on to sup­ply other women to mas­sage par­lours in Manch­ester.

They used the ex­am­ple of the vic­tim they had ‘sold’ to scare the other women.

Fa­ther and son were jailed in 2011, but Vasile re­mained at large un­til last year, when Manch­ester de­tec­tives brought him back from Spain to face charges of rape, con­trol­ling prostitution and traf­fick­ing within the UK.

Vasile, of no fixed ad­dress, had de­nied the of­fences, but was found guilty at Manch­ester Crown Court.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Robert Ather­ton told him: “You demon­strated lit­tle re­gard not only for her, but for women.”

The cap­ture of Vasile brings to an end a long Greater Manch­ester Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion which be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2008, when po­lice learned that the Ne­jloveanus had been sup­ply­ing traf­ficked women to par­lours in the city.

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