Posted on 19th April 2018
Two men have been charged with human trafficking and running a brothel following a series of raids in Derby and Burton.
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 will appear before magistrates in Derby this morning.
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.
The operation is being supported by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Red Cross, HM Revenue and Customs, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the Department for Work and Pensions.
DS Gareth Smethem leads Operation Wilberforce, a specialist police team which works to identify and support modern slavery victims. He said: “We really need the public to be our eyes and ears and report suspicious activity to us. You may know of a house in your neighbourhood where people come and go at all times of the day and night. Could this house be a brothel?
“You may know of a house where large groups of men are living and they appear to be dishevelled and unkempt. Is someone exploiting their labour?
“I would ask residents to think about the signs of modern slavery and contact us if they have information to pass on.”
To contact Operation Wilberforce, call them on 101 or email email@example.com
You can also follow them on Twitter @DerbysMDS_HT
For more information about MDSHT, visit our dedicated webpage http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Personal-Safety/Trafficking/Human-Trafficking.aspx