Berlin traffickers apprehended

Publicated on: July 15, 2021

For years, the suspects forced Hungarian women to engage in prostitution. In most cases, their income was taken away and used to fund the traffickers' livelihood.

The Anti-Trafficking Unit of the National Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation against Zsolt B. Sr., Zsolt B. Jr., Attila B. and János B., residents of Sátoraljaújhely on a well-founded suspicion of human trafficking.

According to the suspicion, the suspects, who were either relatives or friends, forced at least nine vulnerable Hungarian women in Berlin into prostitution between 2013 and 2019. The perpetrators kept the victims under close supervision, determining for them the duration and exact location of the work and the minimum amount of daily income expected of them. Their earnings were taken away in part or in full and used to finance the traffickers' own livelihood.

Over the years, tens of millions of forints have been obtained from the women kept in a vulnerable position.

Based on the evidence obtained during the investigation, the police captured all traffickers at their places of residence on the morning of 13 July.

During the searches at five locations, the police seized cash and a car in addition to the material evidence (mobile phones, SIM cards, written notes) that could be linked to the crime. Following the interrogations of the suspects, the police initiated a coercive measure restricting personal liberty in one case.

The criminal penalty for classified cases of trafficking in human beings committed by the traffickers is 2 to 8 years in prison.

Source (in Hungarian): National Police Headquarters


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