Police have busted a gang of seven people who had been allegedly pimping Hungarian women in a German brothel, police.hu said over the weekend.
The Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county police have launched criminal proceedings against the men aged 22-38, including five residents from Nyíregyháza, one from Tiszavasvár and one from Székely, the statement said. The men were allegedly operating a brothel from 2018 until May 2020 where Hungarian women from vulnerable circumstances worked as prostitutes. They allegedly organised the women’s travel to Germany, advertised their services and took away the majority of the women’s income, also occasionally assaulting them, the website added. Prior to Germany, the women had also been forced into prostitution in Switzerland, Austria and Belgium. After a year-long police investigation, the men were apprehended in an operation involving forty officers on May 7. A total of 5 million forints (EUR 14,000) in cash, high-value cars and gold jewellery were seized from them at various locations.