Couple convicted of human trafficking for sexual exploitation
A former special police constable and his wife have been convicted of controlling the prostitution of women trafficked into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
Karl Ring, 34, and Ivett Szuda, 32, were found guilty today [22 January] after a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.
They made hundreds of thousands of pounds by running a number of brothels over six years.
Szuda advertised for women to work as prostitutes and booked flights for them from Hungary.
She and Ring, who was a special constable for the Metropolitan Police between 2013 and 2015, would collect them from the airport, take them to a brothel, and set them to work.
They created profiles for the women on escort websites and took half of their earnings.
Szuda also paid for the design and management of a website to promote the women to customers.
Many of the women worked from an expensive rented flat in Chelsea Cloisters, close to Sloane Square in central London. Ring and Szuda used the income from sex work to pay the £2,300 a month rent.
They were exposed when one of the women wrote a letter to police who launched an investigation into the pair.
Paul Goddard, from the CPS, said: “The victims in this case travelled to the UK to find a better life but were taken advantage of and manipulated by the defendants who organised and oversaw their prostitution while enriching themselves.
“Even where women are willing to work as prostitutes, the moving of anyone for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a criminal offence, as is the controlling of women providing sexual services.
“The defendants’ crimes brought them an extravagant lifestyle. They now face prison sentences.”
Ring and Szuda will be sentenced at a later date.
The CPS has also requested the court considers a Proceeds of Crime Order against Ring and Szuda to allow recovery of any assets.
If the order is granted then a judge will decide the amount they must pay back and if they fail to do so additional time in prison can be added on to their sentences.
Notes to editors
- Paul Goddard is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS London South Complex Casework Unit
- Ivett Szuda, [DOB: 26/09/1986] of Elthorn Avenue, Hanwell, was found guilty of 11 counts of controlling prostitution for gain, six counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and one count of possessing criminal property
- Karl Ring, [DOB: 15/02/1984], also of Elthorn Avenue, Hanwell, was found guilty of seven counts of controlling prostitution for gain, one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation and one count of possessing criminal property.