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A MAN yesterday admitted running a prostitution racket in Northern Ireland.

Josef Elias pleaded guilty on rearraignment at Belfast Crown Court to controlling prostitution between October 11, 2012, and November 16 last year.

The 51-year-old further admitted possessing criminal property on November 15, 2013, namely PS1,263 in cash, and converting criminal property into a Barclays bank account between October 11, 2012 and November 16, 2013.

Prosecution lawyer Rosemary Walsh told Judge Paul Ramsey the pleas were acceptable to the Crown.

Judge Ramsey adjourned sentencing until later this week but told Elias that even though he was being released on continuing bail, "Do not take that as any indication of what the sentence will be''.

No details were given in court yesterday about the nature of the case against Elias, who has an address in Dudley, England, but is from the Czech Republic.

However, during a bail application in March the High Court heard how a landlord discovered two young women described as being "listless, skinny and caked in make-up" in a South Belfast townhouse suspected of being used as a brothel.

The pair, both eastern European, were allegedly taken away in a vehicle by a man giving Elias' name who booked the property online.

The court heard Elias was later detained in a luxury SUV vehicle with luggage containing sex toys and condoms.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2014
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