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‘Cruel’ human trafficker forced woman to work as sex slave at Leeds bus station

Published in The Yorkshire Evening Post
5th September 2017


Yorkshire
A sex trafficker who forced a woman to work as a prostitute at Leeds bus station has been jailed after being found guilty of offences under the Modern Slavery Act. Jozef Sztojka forced the victim into approaching men and offer unprotected sexual services for £30 a time after arranging for her to be brought to West Yorkshire from Hungary.

A judge who jailed Sztojka for nine years said: “It is impossible to imagine a more cruel way to behave to another human being.”

The 36-year-old took the vulnerable victim’s money and identify documents from her as soon as she arrived in Leeds in March this year then forced her to work as a prostitute at the bus station.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard the woman had flown to the UK from her home in Budapest after being promised a job working as a cleaner.  The woman had lost her council house in the Hungarian capital and her son had been taken into care.  She saw the job offer as her only way to earn enough money find to new accommodation in her home city so she could be re-united with her child,

After scraping enough money to pay for a flight to Stansted airport, she was given written instructions to travel to Leeds where she met Sztojka. He then took her back to his “shabby” home on York Road and told her she would have to become a sex worker if she wanted food and money.

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Customers' phones could be examined in investigation into suspected prostitution ring

Published by Belfast Live
5th September 2017


Belfast
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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Suspected pimp on the run after Gloucester 'brothel' raided

Published by Gloucestershire Live
5th September 2017


Gloucestershire
An alleged pimp is on the run from police after a suspected brothel was shut down near Gloucester Park.

Chihung Wong, 59, has not been seen since officers interviewed him in April this year.

He is wanted in connection with managing a brothel in Arthur Street, Gloucester, in November last year.

A police spokesman said: "Officers visited the address after information was received from the community. A woman was rescued from the property and offered support.

"Mr Wong has not been seen since he was interviewed by police in April this year."

Mr Wong is not believed to be a danger to the public, police added, but people should dial 101 immediately if they see him and quote case number 3677/16.

Mr Wong also has links in Bristol and London.