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Men remanded into custody as part of modern slavery operation and suspected brothels closed

Posted on 19th April 2018

Magistrates have remanded two men into custody and ordered that two Derby houses, which were allegedly used as brothels, remain closed.

Geza Horvath (32), of Station Court, Burton and Daniel Zemencsik (27), of Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, have both been charged with conspiracy to traffic a person with a view to sexually exploiting them and controlling a brothel for the purpose of prostitution.

They appeared before magistrates in Derby this morning and were remanded into custody to attend Derby Crown Court on May 17.

The men were arrested on Tuesday, April 17 when officers executed warrants at Uttoxeter New Road, Violet Street in Normanton and Station Court.

Three women were found at the house in Uttoxeter New Road while two women were found at the Violet Street house. We are treating the women as victims and we suspect they have been trafficked around the UK to be exploited. They were taken to a reception centre and offered specialist support.

At today’s hearing, magistrates extended the Brothel Closure Orders on the Uttoxeter New Road and Violet Street properties for 28 days. This means they will remain boarded up and anyone who enters commits a criminal offence.

DS Gareth Smethem leads Operation Wilberforce, a specialist police team which works to identify and support modern slavery victims. He said: “I hope the closure orders will stop these properties blighting the local community and attracting anti-social behaviour.”

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