Gang of traffickers used town hotel

This Is Wiltshire: The Holiday Inn Express in Swindon town centre The Holiday Inn Express in Swindon town centre

A GANG that trafficked dozens of Hungarian women into the country to work as prostitutes has been jailed for a total of 23 years following a Home Office investigation.

Hove Crown Court heard how British national Victoria Brown, and Hungarians Mate Puskas, Zoltan Mohacsi and brothers Peter and Istvan Toth trafficked more than 60 women into the country via ports and airports in the south east, including Luton and Gatwick.

The gang were convicted on Tuesday following a ten-week trial, and sentenced at the same court on Wednesday.

The women, who were mainly from Budapest and south east Hungary, were aware they were coming to the UK to work as prostitutes but misled about their working conditions. Clients were charged significant amounts but the women were badly paid and overworked.

The women were put to work at hotels and rented accommodation across the country, moving regularly between locations including a stop off at Swindon’s Holiday Inn Express in the town centre – yards from a police station.

The sentencing comes after Wiltshire Police launched a new Human Exploitation and Emerging Threats unit to tackle the issue and officers form the town centre policing team trained hotel staff to spot the signs of trafficking.

The conspiracy stretched as far north as Liverpool, south as Eastbourne, east as Norwich and west as Bristol.

Mate Puskas, 26 and Zoltan Mohacsi, 36, and Victoria Brown, 25, all of Surrey Street, Croydon, were found guilty of control of prostitution for gain and trafficking persons into the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation and were jailed for six, four and three years respectively.

Peter Toth, 28, and Istvan Toth, 35, of Fiador Court, Midway Quay, Eastbourne, were found guilty of the same charges and sentenced in their absence to four and five years respectively. They are still on the run.

Suspicions were first raised when Sussex Police referred separate incidents of prostitution to the Home Office, which were linked by Hungarian women who had travelled to the UK.

All the defendants were complicit in the offence of trafficking. They provided transport, accompanied or chaperoned women into the UK, or financed the conspiracy by paying for flights, hotels and advertising. All the women were subjected to physical, mental or financial control by the gang.

The gang was caught following simultaneous raids by the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigations team in October 2012. Officers found defendants operated a ‘switchboard’ which arranged rendezvous directly with clients via an adult services website.

Among the locations raided was an internet café in Croydon, run by Brown and Puskas. They were found with various mobile phones containing texts about meetings that had been arranged between prostitutes and clients. The majority of the trafficked women have returned to Hungary.

All the foreign national members of the gang will be subject to automatic deportation orders at the end of their sentences.

The Home Office’s Immi-gration Enforcement Criminal Investigations team consists of specialist trained immigration officers and seconded police who investigate organised immigration crime.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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8:51am Fri 10 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

More diverse benefits of immigration.

This will only get worse in 2014, for rather obvious reasons.
More diverse benefits of immigration. This will only get worse in 2014, for rather obvious reasons. ChannelX
  • Score: 17

10:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Why are the foreign gang members only to be deported at the end of their sentences? Surely they should be returned to their home country to serve the sentence - why should we pay for them?!
Why are the foreign gang members only to be deported at the end of their sentences? Surely they should be returned to their home country to serve the sentence - why should we pay for them?! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 23

11:29am Fri 10 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

They won't be deported.

They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again.

Which is precisely what they will do.
They won't be deported. They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again. Which is precisely what they will do. ChannelX
  • Score: 19

1:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dukeofM4 says...

What can you say? Right next door to the Bill. As if the high heeled boots, and cheap jewellery wasn't a giveaway with one of them asking a PC if he was looking for a 'date?"
What can you say? Right next door to the Bill. As if the high heeled boots, and cheap jewellery wasn't a giveaway with one of them asking a PC if he was looking for a 'date?" dukeofM4
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Fri 10 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

ChannelX wrote:
They won't be deported.

They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again.

Which is precisely what they will do.
So why bother deporting them at the end of the sentences then? Seems a pretty stupid sentence if they can just walk back in. I think in reality they would have to show ID to get back in we do when we travel to other EU countries and will be stopped.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: They won't be deported. They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again. Which is precisely what they will do.[/p][/quote]So why bother deporting them at the end of the sentences then? Seems a pretty stupid sentence if they can just walk back in. I think in reality they would have to show ID to get back in we do when we travel to other EU countries and will be stopped. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

house on the hill wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
They won't be deported.

They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again.

Which is precisely what they will do.
So why bother deporting them at the end of the sentences then? Seems a pretty stupid sentence if they can just walk back in. I think in reality they would have to show ID to get back in we do when we travel to other EU countries and will be stopped.
They WON'T even be deported, as I said earlier.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: They won't be deported. They're Hungarian. Even if they were deported, which they won't be, as EU member state nationals they are perfectly at liberty to stroll straight back into the UK and do it all again. Which is precisely what they will do.[/p][/quote]So why bother deporting them at the end of the sentences then? Seems a pretty stupid sentence if they can just walk back in. I think in reality they would have to show ID to get back in we do when we travel to other EU countries and will be stopped.[/p][/quote]They WON'T even be deported, as I said earlier. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

12:13am Sat 11 Jan 14

twasadawf says...

Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's
Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's twasadawf
  • Score: 4

7:34pm Sat 11 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

twasadawf wrote:
Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's
Yes it means millions of Brits can live and work abroad.
[quote][p][bold]twasadawf[/bold] wrote: Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's[/p][/quote]Yes it means millions of Brits can live and work abroad. house on the hill
  • Score: -2

11:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

house on the hill wrote:
twasadawf wrote:
Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's
Yes it means millions of Brits can live and work abroad.
When are you packing your bags and heading off to Hungary to live and work then?

Yeah, I thought not.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twasadawf[/bold] wrote: Guess they got legal aid aswell, don't you just love open border's[/p][/quote]Yes it means millions of Brits can live and work abroad.[/p][/quote]When are you packing your bags and heading off to Hungary to live and work then? Yeah, I thought not. ChannelX
  • Score: -1

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