A British couple who kept a young woman as a sex slave for almost 18 months has been sentenced to a total of 22 years in jail.
Kevin Warren, 27, and his partner Donna Morris, 35, of Leicester, enslaved the woman and subjected her to 17 months of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, police say. They also controlled her finances.
The victim, a woman in her twenties who cannot be identified, said that she was “treated worse than an animal” during those months and “had nothing left” by the end, reported the Daily Mail.
“My spirit and fight had gone, and I was barely human. One day I could take no more, and fell apart.”
The pair pleaded guilty to a charge under the Modern Slavery Act at the start of the trial late last year. Warren also admitted to five counts of rape against the victim.
On Jan. 19, Warren was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 5 years on license following his release. Morris was ordered to serve a 4-year jail sentence.
According to the Daily Mail, the victim became enslaved by the couple after a “chance meeting” with Warren. The pair’s crimes first came to light after the victim confided in a friend about the life she was forced to lead, who then persuaded her to contact police.
The victim, who cannot be identified, said after the sentencing: “They took complete control over all my finances, leaving me vulnerable and reliant on them in all aspects of my life,” reported the Daily Mail.
“That led to police involvement, and the day I spoke to the police was the day I began to turn my life around.
“Looking back now, I can’t believe how degrading, brutal, and traumatising it had been, and how it had all but destroyed me.
“I want to thank the police with all my heart. Without them, I don’t believe I would or could have survived.”
Detective Inspector Mark Parish of Leicestershire Police, who oversaw the investigation, said the crimes committed against the woman were “truly shocking in their wickedness, their wantonness, and their horror.”
“I cannot begin to imagine the torment this young, vulnerable woman went through in those 17 months.
“It beggars belief that people can treat a fellow human being in such a grotesquely cruel fashion.
“The fact that the two defendants pleaded guilty is a tribute to the victim’s remarkable courage in coming forward and telling us what had happened to her.”