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Man convicted of trafficking women brought back to UK for prison term

Published in The Belfast Telegraph
14th January 2017


Bristol
A 40-year-old man convicted of trafficking women from the Czech Republic to work in the UK sex industry has been brought back to serve his sentence. Vojtech Paloc was arrested in November last year in Liberec in the Czech Republic under a European Arrest Warrant after leaving the UK before he could stand trial on human trafficking charges.

He was jailed for nine-and-a-half years in December after being convicted in his absence of two counts of trafficking people into the UK for sexual exploitation, two counts of controlling prostitution for gain and one count of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law - relating to a sham marriage.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Police travelled to the Czech Republic on Friday to bring Paloc back to the UK under the terms of the European Arrest Warrant.

Detective Constable Haley Matthews said: "Paloc was one of three people convicted of appalling offences involving the exploitation of women who were trafficked and then forced into becoming sex workers in east Bristol. They were treated like commodities and one of the victims was told the only way she would be free would be to take part in a sham marriage. The control Paloc and his associates had over these women was frightening.

"When Paloc left the country before the trial could begin, we obtained a European Arrest Warrant. Working in close partnership with the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Czech authorities, Paloc was located in Liberec in late November and arrested."

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Murdered call girl had “no injuries” that indicated she had been sexually assaulted

Published in The Press & Journal
14th January 2017


Aberdeen
An escort who was allegedly raped and murdered in an Aberdeen flat had no injuries which indicated she had been sexually assaulted, a court has heard. Jessica McGraa’s body was discovered naked from the waist down and lying on a bed in a rented apartment on Union Terrace. A post mortem examination carried out after her death indicated the call girl had died of asphyxiation.

Bala Chinda is currently on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen charged with raping and murdering the 37-year-old on February 11. It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing a key and two mobile phones from the sex worker. He is further accused of disposing of his own handset in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice. The 26-year-old denies the allegations against him.

The court has heard when Miss McGraa’s body was examined no obvious marks or bruises were found in or around her private parts to indicate she was raped. However, giving evidence yesterday Dr Catherine White, who is an expert in examining victims of sexual assaults, said the absence of any notable injuries did not mean Miss McGraa had not been raped.

The doctor told the court that she had carried out a study whereby 500 alleged victims of sexual assault were examined within 48 hours of the offence. From those studied, doctors only found obvious injuries on 33% of those claiming to be attacked.

She said factors, like the age of the alleged victims, had to be taken into account. Dr White also said another study carried out showed that victims of sexual assaults who have black skin are four times less likely to display injuries than those with white skin.

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Woman pleads guilty to keeping brothels

Published in The Irish Examiner
13th January 2017


Ireland
A Brazilian-born “madam” drove away from court in a 161 L-registered €25,000 crossover 4x4 after pleading guilty to brothel keeping in Ennis and Limerick.Aulicete Walsh, aged 53, of Breskabeg, Clarina, Co Limerick, appeared at Ennis District Court where she pleaded guilty to brothel keeping in Ennis and Limerick on two separate dates last year. Ms Walsh’s operation was busted by Ennis gardaí in May last year.

Ms Walsh’s husband is Irish and she has family here.

Ms Walsh’s Ennis-based enterprise was stopped after two local detectives, Det Garda Stephen Hession and Det Garda Frank Browne, carried out a surveillance operation of 18 Bank Square off Ennis’s Bindon St in May of last where they suspected a brothel to be in operation. Later in May, another brothel was searched by gardaí at 6 Crosley House, Dock Rd, Limerick.

In the case, Ms Walsh has pleaded guilty to two charges where she has admitted to being the tenant, lessee, occupier or person in charge of premises and knowingly permitted the premises to be used as a brothel for the purpose of habitual prostitution.

The charges arise from brothel keeping at 18 Bank Square, Bindon Lane, Ennis, on May 19, 2016, and 6 Crosley House, Dock Rd, Limerick City, on May 27, 2016. Both offences are contrary to Section 11 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993. Those convicted of brothel keeping in the district court face a fine not exceeding €1,000 or jail up to six months.

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