Five members of a gang who smuggled women into the UK from Hungary to work as prostitutes have been jailed. Mate Puskas, 25, Victoria Brown, 25, Zoltan Mohacsi, 36, Istvan Toth, 34, and Peter Toth, 28, were found guilty of trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitutes.
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Hove Crown Court heard the women they trafficked were set up in brothels and hotels after arriving in the UK. The Hungarian brothers were sentenced in their absence after going on the run in September.
Both were also sentenced to nine months in prison after being convicted of contempt of court for breaking bail. At the trial, jurors were told at least 53 "poor and vulnerable" women were recruited in Hungary and brought into eastbkurne UK via Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Some were put up in hotels and brothels in the south-east of England in Eastbourne, Folkestone and Margate, while others were said to have worked out of rooms in student accommodation at Sussex University. David Fairclough, from the Home Office's Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigations team, said the "appalling gang" had "controlled the women mentally, physically ch ch escourts financially".
He added that they had "preyed on the vulnerability of young women who came to the UK in the hope of finding a better life".
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Gang 'trafficked over 50 women to work as prostitutes'. Judge Richard Hayward said their eastbkurne was "repugnant". All five were convicted on Tuesday following a seven-week trial.
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