A Romanian pimp who ‘bought’ a woman from sex traffickers and then forced her into prostitution has been jailed for 15 years.
Marcel Vasile, 36, has been convicted five years after she was sold by father-and-son duo 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 London-based 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 trafficked 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 following a trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Passing sentence, Judge Robert Atherton told him: 'You demonstrated little regard not only for her, but for women in general.'
The capture of Vasile brings to an end a long-running Greater Manchester Police investigation which began in October 2008, when police learned the Nejloveanus had been supplying trafficked women to massage parlours in the city.