The court of Nyíregyháza sentenced a group of family members and their acquaintances to 4 to 6 years in prison. Based on the indictment, the gang forced at least two underage girls into prostitution. They threatened the victims even with the extermination of their families if they do not oblige and work as prostitutes in the Austrian capital. Furthermore, members of the gang were also condemned for human trafficking.
According to index.hu, the perpetrators forced two underage girls, who were brought up in a child protection institute, into prostitution from the spring of 2017. One of them, a 15-year-old girl, escaped from the institute and was forced to work as a prostitute in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County. However, she was brought to Vienna together with the other victim, a 14-year-old girl.
They were promised to receive a job in the Austrian capital.
However, both were forced into prostitution in the Prater entertainment district. First, they thought they could keep half of the “earned” money, but they were wrong.
The gang members continuously kept an eye on them, and since they did not know the language and did not have local knowledge, the girls were vulnerable and had no chance to resist. Once, one of them tried, but two of the perpetrators started to physically abuse her and said they would exterminate her family.
The gang members transferred home more than EUR 3,200 through the “work” of the girls in only 2.5 months.
Furthermore, they lived from the money the two victims got in the Austrian capital.
Interestingly, the perpetrators appealed against the court’s decision, while the prosecutor accepted it. The court of Debrecen will decide on the issue, but ugyeszseg.hu said that
there is no legal cause to mitigate the ruling at first instance.
Source: index.hu, ugyeszseg.hu