The body of year-old Dawn Shields was discovered buried under rocks in the Peak District on 20 May The force said advancements in DNA techniques may now help find her killer. South Yorkshire Police said she led a "troubled life" and shefrield pressurised into prostitution from the age of At the time of her death, she was working as a prostitute to support herself and her month-old son.
More Yorkshire stories Det Con Gareth Bryant, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "The pair forced the young girl, who was expecting a job, money and a nice place to live, to work as a prostitute in both Sheffield and Sheffield, telling her it was her only option. The victim first moved into Claudia Ionita's new in Middlesbrough, before moving to Sheffield a month later.
A change in allegiances or loyalties over the past 25 years could mean someone now feels more able to come forward, he added. Former prostitute Dave Stopford, who le the team, said: "Advancements in DNA techniques are being made all the time and less and less DNA sheffield sheffield needed to identify someone.
Nicolae Ionita, 24, met his victim in Romania and brought her to the UK in September on the pretence he would find work for her. In November however, she found the confidence to tell friends and family what was happening and they encouraged her to tell someone.
Both pleaded guilty to causing and inciting prostitution for gain. Police said Ms Shields' body was found "by chance" concealed by rocks when a National Park warden took a different path to his usual route up Mam Tor near Castleton.
Police then worked with the Romanian authorities on the investigation. They controlled where she stayed and who she spoke to, monitoring phone calls and telling her what to say so she could never tell friends and family what was happening.
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Detectives praised the "incredibly brave and courageous" victim for reporting the abuse and supporting the investigation after she returned to Romania. Related Topics.
She was "scared and dishevelled" and could speak little English, so they helped her flag down a police car, he said. After two days, he convinced her to move in with his sister Claudia, 30, where she was "coerced and pressurised" into sex work, police said. Ms Shields, from Pitsmoor in Sheffield, was last seen getting into a car in Broomhall on 14 May But Mr Stopford said no links had been found between her death and the murder of other prostitutes.
She was discovered naked and her clothes have never been found. Ms Shields' death has been re-examined several times in connection sheffiel the deaths of other sex workers, including year-old Michaela Hague from Sheffield who was killed seven years later.