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Men due in court on conspiracy to traffic

Postby admin » 27 May 2017, 22:56

Police have charged two men, aged 20 and 28, with a number of offences, including conspiracy to traffic within the UK for exploitation, controlling prostitution and concealing criminal property.

They are both due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday).

It is understood the charges follow the arrests of two males on Thursday after operations in east Belfast and Banbridge.

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Re: Men due in court on conspiracy to traffic

Postby admin » 27 May 2017, 23:03

Two men accused of human trafficking and controlling prostitution were remanded into custody on Saturday. Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard claims that from a nine-month police investigation, Decebal Mihai (28) and Spartacus Ilie Mihai (20) had handled just over £165,000 (€189,000) cash between them.

The men, originally from Romania, face five charges each.

Decebal, of Kenlis Street in Banbridge, and Spartacus, of Henley Road in Ilford, Essex, are each charged with controlling the activities of another for gain from prostitution and of conspiring with each other to facilitate the travel within the UK of persons with intent to exploit them.

They are further charged with concealing, converting and transferring criminal property, namely money, to the value of £140,528 in the case of Decebal and £24,522 in the case of Spartacus.

All the charges are dated between June 21st, 2016 and May 25th this year.

A police officer told the court that an investigation discovered that the two men appeared to be controlling women for prostitution in the Banbridge and Belfast areas. The pair were allegedly observed driving women to clients for sex and further research uncovered bank accounts and moneygram transfers of large amounts to Romania.

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Re: Men due in court on conspiracy to traffic

Postby admin » 06 Jun 2017, 20:01

A man accused of trafficking and controlling up to four prostitutes operating in parts of Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled on Monday. Decebal Mihai, 28, was refused bail amid claims he exploited women who earned in excess of £125,000 from a sex trade centred in Banbridge, Co Down and Belfast. Prosecutors also disclosed that police believe there may be other victims of the same alleged vice racket.

Mihai, a Romanian national of Kenlis Street in Banbridge, and his 20-year-old brother Spartacus, from Henly Road in Ilford, Essex, are jointly charged with controlling prostitution, human trafficking and concealing, converting and transferring criminal property. They were detained after searches were carried out at Kenlis Street and a property on Belfast's Newtownards Road on May 25.

According to police four women were rescued from the two locations. But all four refuse to co-operate with the investigation and have turned up at court appearances in support of the defendants.

The brothers were allegedly observed driving women to clients for sex, including trips to hotels, according to the prosecution. Further research was said to have uncovered bank accounts and moneygram transfers of cash to Romania.

Crown lawyer Conor Maguire claimed £100,000 earned from the prostitutes over a three-year period was deposited in Northern Ireland. A further £26,000 was said to have been wired to Romania. One alleged victim transferred more than £12,000 to Decebal Mihai, while a second sent him over £10,000, the court heard.

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Re: Men due in court on conspiracy to traffic

Postby admin » 05 Sep 2017, 21:58

Customers' mobile phones may be examined as part of an investigation into a suspected human trafficking and prostitution ring, the High Court heard today. Prosecutors revealed detectives could focus on men believed to have used the services of Romanian women allegedly brought into Northern Ireland and exploited.

Details emerged as a man accused of running the sex trade centred in Banbridge, Co Down was again refused bail. Spartacus Mihai, 20, of Henly Road in Ilford, Essex, was arrested with his 28-year-old brother Decebal during a PSNI operation in May.

Searches were carried out at properties on Kenlis Street, Banbridge, and Belfast's Newtownards Road, with police saying four women were rescued from the two locations.

The two brothers, both Romanian nationals, are jointly charged with controlling prostitution, conspiracy to traffic within the United Kingdom, and concealing, converting and transferring criminal property.

A previous court heard claims that they are part of an organised crime gang who banked more than £125,000 earned by the women. Further research was said to have uncovered moneygram transfers to accounts in Romania.

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