Woman jailed for modern slavery after befriending victim and forcing her to smuggle drugs

A woman who abused and enslaved her ‘friend’ has been jailed for more than three years.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 3:37 pm

Kelly Barron appeared to befriend her victim and forced her to smuggle drugs and hand over money for a year.

The 37-year-old financially controlled the victim, even withholding her medication unless she completed housework and other chores.

Barron also stole over £1,000 from the victim which was paid into her personal bank account.

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Kelly Barron.
Kelly Barron.

She controlled the victim’s movements as well as friends, often demanding to know who she was speaking to and controlling what she ate.

Barron, from Sacriston, was handed a 40-month custodial sentence for modern slavery at Durham Crown Court on Thursday, June 24.

She was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Speaking of the case, Detective Sergeant Sam Young said: “This has been a complex investigation but with the help and cooperation of the local community, who stood up against Barron, the right outcome has been achieved.

“I hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to others and raises awareness around Modern Day Slavery.”

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