The head of the Chinese brothel that operated in Budapest was sentenced to twelve years in prison by the Metropolitan Act. Two of his accomplices received a suspended prison sentence. The store manager recruited women from China five years ago in order to work for him as prostitutes. He organised the travelling of the women who had to report to him and also gave him part of their earnings.
The accused used this money partly to cover the operating costs of the brothel and partly for his own purposes. One of his companions, a real estate agent, assisted in renting the property where the prostitution business took place, as well as interpreting between the other two defendants. Another companion helped post sex advertisements and received calls from clients interested in them, and he also helped organise meetings, writes 24. Between April and August 2016,
the operator of the brothel regularly acquired drugs, some of which he consumed or offered to others for consumption.
He was sentenced by the court to 12 years in prison for facilitating prostitution while maintaining a brothel and dealing with a significant amount of drugs; he could not be released on parole. He was also deported from Hungary for forever.
Two of his associates were found guilty by the court of facilitating prostitution as criminal aids.
The court terminated the probation in a previous criminal case for one of them and sentenced him to 1 year 10 months – suspended for 2 years – as a collective sentence, while the other one received a suspended sentence of 1 year.
In imposing the sentence, the court took into account the passage of time, the partial confession of the brothel operator, his criminal record, confession with one of his companions, and the maintenance of a minor child as mitigating circumstances. An aggravating circumstance, however, was the criminal history of two of the defendants, as well as the fact that the brothel operator also committed the act as a special recidivist. Until the second instance proceedings, the brothel operator remains in custody. The ruling is not final.
Earlier, a couple of sisters, who operated a brothel in Budapest, was caught by the police. The Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office has indicted them for the crime of human trafficking and child prostitution. One of them would also be responsible for facilitating multi-level prostitution by maintaining a brothel. According to the indictment, the 27-year-old woman made her living in 2017-2018 by organising prostitution from Hungarian women first in the United Kingdom and then in Budapest. To do this, she rented properties that she operated as brothels.