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Gang jailed for setting up 44 women as prostitutes.

FIVE members of an organised crime gang who brought women from Hungary to Cardiff to work as prostitutes have been jailed.

Hungarian nationals Mate Puskas, Zoltan Mohacsi, Istvan Toth and Peter Toth, and Puskas's former girlfriend Victoria Brown, from Bognor, West Sussex, brought at least 44 women into places across the UK over almost two years, setting them up in hotels and flats, and uploading their profiles onto a website which advertised sexual services for sale, the court was told.

The defendants, including the Toth brothers, from Eastbourne, who are on the run and were sentenced in their absence, were found guilty yesterday of conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation following a seven-week trial at Hove Crown Court.

Judge Richard Hayward said they had committed offending behaviour which "society finds repugnant".

Puskas, from Croydon, was jailed for six years, Brown for three years, and Mohacsi, from Ilford, east London, was jailed for four years for conspiracy to traffic women into the UK.

Istvan and Peter Toth were jailed for five years and four years respectively for the same offence, but both had nine months added to their sentences after being convicted of Contempt of Court for breaking bail.

Judge Hayward said the women, some of them barely adults, were brought into the country and put up in hotels and flats in places including Cardiff.

Adverts were placed on a website offering sexual services and the charges were fixed, he continued.

Portia Ragnauth, Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor CPS South East, said that no one could imagine how desperate the victims were in this case.

The majority of the traf-ficked women have returned to Hungary.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 9, 2014
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