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Reporter: Gillian Potts Date published: 06 February AN OLDHAM man has been jailed for his part in a sex-trafficking gang described as "ruthless and manipulative" who "de-humanised" their young victims. Laszlo Petrovics 38of Ashton Road, is among a trio now behind bars after Eastern European girls were lured to the UK to work in Manchester's red light district.
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Petrovics, who in was convicted of 14 counts of human trafficking and violent exploitation of sex workers in the Netherlands and also had a conviction of running a brothel in Hungary tly with his parents, was sentenced to three years and six months for controlling prostitution for gain. Andras Lakatos 32of The Gatehaus, Bradford, was sentenced to 13 years and seven months for human trafficking and forced labour, namely prostitution.
His aunt Jenone Orgona 57of the same address, was sentenced to eight years and five months for human trafficking and forced labour, namely prostitution. Following the completion of their sentences they will be deported.
An application will also be made to subject a fourth person to a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order. Lakatos and Orgona trafficked young women, agedfrom Hungary with the promise of a better life through legitimate jobs only to find themselves forced to work as prostitutes on the street.
The defendants forced them to work seven days a week, having sex with as many as 10 men each day. One of the victims was later befriended with an offer of sanctuary away from Lakatos and Orgona only to find herself under the control of Petrovics.
The women saw none of the and themselves while Lakatos and Petrovics splurged cash on alcohol, gambling and drugs. Traced In January last year Lakatos and Orgona prostitution arrested after one of the victims was observed by plain-clothed brothels repeatedly visiting them in two cars parked in a dark oldham off Derby Street in Cheetham Hill. The court heard how one of the women was left "feeling like they wanted to die" by the harrowing ordeal as she witnessed Lakatos attacking another girl and forced them to have sex with men, sometimes with no contraception, for extra money.
Petrovics was subsequently arrested after being found in a bookmakers in Oldham. International checks revealed Petrovics had a string of convictions. Lakatos also has international convictions in Hungary for extortion of sex workers and pimping of under age girls.
Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, from the City of Manchester Challenger team, said: "These ruthless and manipulative offenders have targeted and groomed vulnerable young women from poor regions of Hungary. However, once in the UK they are quickly faced with the grim reality of being forced into prostitution.
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They each have their own personal back story and the majority do not want to be there. Quite often these pimps and traffickers threaten to hurt their families if they go to the police. Traumatic "A common question is why these women don't run away or seek help. Their 'counter-intuitive' behaviour in staying with the defendants, and not taking opportunities to escape, are explained by the theories of traumatic bonding, learned helplessness, Stockholm Syndrome and attachment to the aggressor.
We want to gain their trust so they believe there is hope.
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