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Hungarian Ringleader Of Miami Gay Sex Slave Gang Jailed For 11 Years

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.12.18.

A Hungarian man has been sentenced to eleven years in jail by a Miami court for leading a criminal gang that saw impoverished men from Hungary lured to work in the United States as gay sex slaves.

According to authorities, András János Vass and two accomplices contacted two of the men through gay dating site GayRomeo.com, while they met another, who worked as a male prositute in Hungary, through Facebook.

In 2012, the three victims, all in their early 20s, were flown to New York City to work in what they believed was a legal business in the United States. The victims “believed they would only be in New York for a few months to make tens of thousands of dollars before returning to their homeland and their families,” US Homeland Security Investigations agent Melissa Pavlikowski wrote in an arrest warrant.

Vass and his two associates, fellow Hungarians Gábor Ács and former policeman Viktor Berki,  ran a company called Never Sleep Inc, the Miami Herald reports.

In New York, the young men were forced to live in a cramped one-bedroom apartment while performing sex acts around the clock, sometimes with johns, other times on live Web cameras, according to the arrest warrant.

Absolute terror

“What happened was absolute terror,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Brenda Mezick told the judge. Up to eight men lived and worked in the apartment. Their travel documents were seized by Berki, who frequently reminded them he was a policeman in Hungary.

“I was under their control, all day, all night,” one victim said, in a statement read to the court. “They used me like I was a machine. They sold me to strangers. I was not allowed to be tired. I was not allowed to be sad”, a victim said in an impact statement.

In August 2012, the group moved to Miami, where the ringleaders insisted the men would no longer be prostituting. But the operation resumed in a residential unit. The sex slaves were forced to work up to twenty hours a day and were also raped by their captors.

The present court decision has seen ringleader Vass jailed for eleven years for human trafficking, while the trials of Ács and Berki are yet to follow.

via miamiherald.com and index.hu
photo: miamiherald.com