Three South Yorkshire thugs who kidnapped a woman and forced her into prostitution to pay off a drugs debt have been jailed.
Stephen Redhead, aged 48, together with Jonathan Lindley, 40, forcibly took their victim from her home in Skegness to Rotherham.
Redhead and his girlfriend Stephanie Coggan, aged 26, then forced the 33-year-old victim to work as a prostitute for eight days to repay her drugs debt.
DCI Steve Taylor, of Lincolnshire Police, said Redhead and Coggan had exploited the woman’s vulnerability and used fear and their violent reputation to control her.
He said: “The victim’s drug addiction and lifestyle made her vulnerable to abuse, and Redhead and Coggan exploited that vulnerability, using fear and their formidable reputation as violent figures in the drug world to control their victim and her associates.
“They subjected her to degrading and humiliating treatment for their own profit and it is satisfying to see them convicted of these offences.”
The offences happened between December 30, 2013, and January 6 this year.
Lindley, of Lowedges Road, Lowedges, Sheffield, and Redhead, of Park Street, Rotherham, were convicted by jurors at Lincoln Crown Court of kidnap and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Redhead was also found guilty of causing or inciting a prostitute for gain, and possession of amphetamine with intent to supply.
He was jailed for 10 years and Lindley for seven-and-a-half.
Coggan, also of Park Street, Rotherham, was found guilty of causing or inciting a prostitute for gain and jailed for 15 months.
Judge Sean Morris described their crimes as ‘wicked’ when he sentenced the trio.
Following their jailing, DCI Taylor said: “The circumstances in this case were horrific.
“Stephen Redhead intimidated and victimised vulnerable persons in the Skegness area.
“However, thanks to the courage and dignity of one woman, Stephen Redhead and his associates will no longer be able to prey on the vulnerable.”
He added: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation.
“Their meticulous and diligent work has resulted in the conviction of three people whose activities have been the scourge of Skegness, and, importantly, has given the victim, with the support of a number of agencies, the opportunity to successfully turn her life around.”