11 sentenced in one of largest sex worker trafficking cases prosecuted in London

16/07/2015

Eleven people were today sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today (16th July) for their part in one of the largest cases involving the trafficking of sex workers into the UK ever prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in London.

The prosecution involved CPS London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Hungarian authorities and involved the trafficking of at least 250 sex workers from Hungary. The gang were arrested between June and July 2014.

CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey OBE, said: "This sophisticated and commercial scale operation is one of the largest ever prosecuted by CPS London. It involved the trafficking of at least 250 sex workers from Hungary for the purposes of sexual exploitation to be controlled in prostitution and 50 brothel addresses in both London and Peterborough. Central to this successful prosecution was strong joint working between CPS London, the Met police and Hungarian authorities, foundations for which were put in place more than two years ago by setting up a Joint Investigation Team. This enabled us to build the strongest possible case to put before the court, leading seven of those involved to plead guilty owing to the weight of evidence against them.

"While in many cases the women were voluntarily working in prostitution, they were trafficked here to be exploited and controlled, with the women having to give up to half of their earnings for the privilege of working in a house or brothel run by the defendants. One of the girls was trafficked against her will and raped by one of the individuals sentenced today and I would like to applaud her courage in reporting this to the police and giving evidence during the trial. I hope this prosecution provides some comfort to her and the other victims these individuals preyed on. I hope this case demonstrates our commitment to working with partners both in the UK and overseas in tackling organised crime involving trafficking and sexual exploitation.  I would also like to extend my thanks to the Hungarian authorities for their invaluable assistance in this case."

Sentences:

  • Erno Milankovics, 53 (01.09.61). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2 and conspiracy to control prostitution, for which he was sentenced to 6 years and 8 months imprisonment.
  • Zoltan Pamminger, 46, (24.02.72). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2 and conspiracy to control prostitution. He was jailed for 5 years and 4 months.
  • Monika Zoltai, 44 (02.08.73). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2 and conspiracy to control prostitution and has been jailed for 4 years.
  • Zsolt Blaga, 38 (23.12.76). Convicted of conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 3; conspiracy to traffick within the UK x 2; conspiracy to control prostitution x 2 and rape x 2. He has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
  • Jeno Burai, 30 (17.06.85). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffick person into the UK x 2; conspiracy to control prostitution. He has been jailed for 6 years and 8 months.
  • Natalia Csendes, 29 (12.10.86). Convicted of conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2 and conspiracy to control prostitution. She was jailed for 2 years and six months.
  • Csaba Kovacs, 32 (27.01.83). Convicted of conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2; conspiracy to traffick within the UK and conspiracy to control prostitution. She has been jailed for 5 years.
  • Melinda Jeger, 31 (19.03.84). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to control prostitution and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.
  • Agnes Szilli, 28 (01.11.86). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to control prostitution and has been jailed for 20 months.
  • Istvan Szilli, 46 (19.05.69). Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to control prostitution, for which he has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.
  • Zoltan Hogenadler 40, (11.02.65). Convicted of conspiracy to traffick into the UK x 2; conspiracy to traffick within the UK x 2; and conspiracy to control prostitution. He has been jailed for 5 years.

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