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An evil couple who kept a woman as a slave, forced her to give up her newborn baby and subjected her to beatings have been jailed.
A court heard that Julia Rafaelova, 51, persuaded the victim to travel to the UK from Slovakia in October 2013 after she fell pregnant during forced prostitution controlled by her.
The victim, who cannot be named, was promised a better life but discovered her family were not in the UK when she arrived.
She stayed in a home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and slept on a mattress on the kitchen floor.
Julia Rafaelova, 51, persuaded the victim to travel to the UK before forcing her to work for her under threat of violence, taking her baby away from her at birth and taking her money from her work and benefits
She was forced to give her newborn baby up just hours after she was born - and the victim never even got to hold her child.
She was also forced to clean the house, cook meals and shoplift, gaining a criminal record as a result.
If she failed to do so, she was beaten by Julia or her partner Milan Nemeth, 49.
Skarletta Rafaelova, 32, Julia's daughter, was also part of the plan, translating false information when social services attended and making sure wages were paid into Julia's bank accounts when the victim got a job.
Skarletta, Julia and Nemeth were all sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today after being found guilty of a number of offences last year.
Julia Rafaelova was jailed for 10 years, while Nemeth was jailed for two years.
Skarletta Rafaelova was given a two year jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Judge Sean Enright, sentencing, described Julia Rafaelova as 'the leading light' of the three, saying she 'robbed the victim of her dignity and freedom', and said: 'You put this girl into modern slavery, making a servant of her, as one witness put it, over a period of five years.
'She was never kept under lock and key, but it seems she was joined at the hip to you [Julia].
'You coerced her into giving away her baby. She has never been reunited with that child.'
He added that the victim had to work under threats of violence, including hair pulling and being hit with various implements.
PC Nick Webber said: 'Forcing a mother to give up her child to allow further financial gain is utterly despicable and a trauma the victim will never get over.'
Milan Nemeth, 49, beat the victim and tried to force her into a car when she managed to escape, but was stopped by members of the public
The trial heard that on November 22, 2013, social services attended the victim's address where Skarletta