A CREWE woman has been jailed after her part in an international child smuggling racket was exposed.
Anna Puzova,34, is behind bars and neighbours in West Avenue, which is off West Street, say that is the best place for her.
The Czech-born mother-of-nine was arrested at Stansted Airport in Essex in May as she tried to smuggle three youngsters into the country.
She admitted helping 13 Romanian children into the UK over five months by pretending to go on day trips to Spain and Italy and then flying back to Stansted and Luton airports.
Police believe the children, none of them her own, who were aged between five and 15, were flown into the UK for a 'wide range' of activities.
Ten of those brought in by Puzova have disappeared and there are fears for their well-being.
She was pregnant with her ninth child at the time of her arrest. Further investigations revealed a gang were at work, smuggling children as young as five into Britain, and exploiting them in crimes ranging from pickpocketing to prostitution.
Neighbours recall a 'commotion' in the street in May when police vehicles turned up at the house in West Avenue.
Borough councillor Tony Crawford, a neighbour, said: 'It was one Sunday morning when three riot vans turned up at the door. We thought it was something serious, but nothing as shocking as this. Crimes involving children are unthinkable, so we were glad to hear she has been jailed.'
Puzova was sentenced to three years at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to facilitating the unlawful entry of non-EU children into the UK.
A police spokesman said: 'Puzova was intercepted at Stansted Airport with three children. It is believed she brought 13 into the country. Ten have disappeared.'
They said it was 'highly unlikely' the children were brought to Crewe.
As a national of a European Union member state, Puzova had freedom to travel in and out of Britain.