The National Bureau of Investigation arrested the Csongrád-Csanád County perpetrator in April; he exploited his victims in Germany and at his place of residence.

The Szeged Law Enforcement Division of the International Crime Department of the National Bureau of Investigation is conducting criminal proceedings against a Romanian man and his Hungarian partner living in a village in Csongrád-Csanád County. It was suspected that the man was having three women work for him as prostitutes in Germany and taking most of the money they earned from them. The women were often threatened with being beaten or killed.

During their stay in Germany, the man’s partner took care of the exploited women’s children, who were repeatedly forbidden by the father to talk to their mother. The perpetrator used various threats to get the victims to transfer their obtained earnings to him or his partner.

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Csongrád-Csanád County Police Headquarters arrested him during a raid on April 19, 2021. Investigators conducted searches in a total of five houses in Csongrád-Csanád County. Three properties were seized for the purpose of recovering assets, and two cars worth about ten million forints, a safe and several mobile phones were confiscated – more than 30 million forints were taken from the suspects by the authorities.

Police operations revealed that in one of the suspect’s properties three men were living in close to medieval conditions. The owner was constantly forcing them to work: their task was to feed, water, and care for all the animals on the farm. However, they were not paid, were just provided shelter, some food and cigarettes.

The investigators charged the perpetrator with trafficking in human beings and forced labor, while his partner was charged with committing money laundering.

Source (in Hungarian): National Police Headquarters