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Eight appear in Blackburn court over sex traffic and prostitution allegations

Published by This is Lancashire
23rd April 2017

SEVEN men and a woman have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged in connection with sex traffic and prostitution.

The court heard all the defendants were arrested as a result of Operation Ludlow which had started in September following complaints that a house in Barnabas Street, Blackburn, was being used as a brothel.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the allegation was that females were being brought into the country from Romania and used as prostitutes.

All eight defendants face charges of arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, an offence under the Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and causing or inciting prostitution for gain.

The accused are; Andra Catalina Amzulin, 27, of Station Road, Blackpool, Alexander Peter Baltoiu, 24, of St Margaret's Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, Marian Diaconu, 25, of Arborfield Close, Slough, Ionut Cosmin Dogaru, 28, of Pine Street, Blackburn, Razvan Florinel Mitru, 30, of Arkwright Road, Preston, Marius Ciprian Trasca, 29, of Watt Street, Gateshead, Claudiu-nicusor Valescu, 31, of Pine Street, Blackburn, and Traian Gavrila, 30, of Victoria Place, Preston.


Burton man to stand trial after denying managing brothel

Published in The Burton Mail
23rd April 2017

A 31-year-old Burton man is due to appear at crown court after he was charged with managing of a brothel. Geza Horvath, of Station Court, Burton, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court recently to answer the charge.

At his court appearance he denied assisting in the management of a brothel in Grange Street, Normanton, Derby, to which an as-yet unknown number of people allegedly took part in practices involving prostitution, between February 18 and August 2, 2016.

He has been charged under the Sexual Offences Act and he is now due to attend Derby Crown Court on April 26 where he will stand trial. He answers unconditional bail until his next court appearance.



'Lonely' pensioner kept 'gagged and bound' in escort's cellar only escaped when 'neighbour heard him screaming'

Published in The Liverpool Echo
19th April 2017

A ‘lonely’ pensioner ambushed by masked men at an escort’s home staged a remarkable escape from a “stinking” cellar where he was imprisoned. The elderly man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was gagged, blindfolded and had his hands and feet bound during a terrifying knife-point robbery, a jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Escort Susan Garside, 53, and her ex-boyfriend Anthony Miller, accept the man was attacked at her home but deny any involvement, and have pleaded not guilty to robbery and false imprisonment.

The jury heard the man began a friendship with Garside after staff looking after his wife, who has dementia, encouraged him to have a “life outside the nursing home” and seek female company. The pair met on sex work website, where Garside advertised under the name ‘Summer Blackvelvet’.

He told a jury: “I had to have a life, believe me the loneliness was terrifying.” But he later became aware that Garside had an allegedly violent on-and-off ex boyfriend, 49-year-old Miller, who he claims demanded he stay away from her or “be sorry.”

Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the jury the victim ignored the threats, which Miller denies, and had arranged to meet Garside at her house in Roxburgh Street, Walton, on November 4 last year.

He asked the victim, who gave evidence from behind a screen, to explain what happened. The pensioner said: “She told me about a new pet that she had, I went to look at it in the front room. It was a budgie I think.... She stepped back into the hallway and three masked men appeared, and frightened me to death obviously. I was wrestled to the ground and there were three masked faces right in front of me.”