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A Gay sex slavery ring was dismantled by prosecutors in the USA

Gay Sex Slavery In The USA

4 January 2016

Over in the USA three young Hungarian men have helped dismantle an American gay prostitution ring that enslaved them, marking a victory for local prosecutors but highlighting the difficulty in reaching and helping male trafficking victims, campaigners said.

The men's accounts of being raped, locked up in windowless rooms, and their lives threatened led to the conviction of ringleader Andras Janos Vass for helping to operate a male prostitution ring of gay Hungarians in New York City and Miami.

Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Vass, a Hungarian national, was the first person convicted in Florida for trafficking gay men under the state's tougher human trafficking law that took effect in 2012, authorities said.

The men told the court how they were lured to the United States in 2012 with the promise of well-paid escort jobs but found themselves held as sex slaves and abused daily.

The case marked a victory for the human trafficking task force of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, said one of its founders, Jane Anderson.

Local prosecutors also may add charges of racketeering to enhance penalties for traffickers, she said.

Vass and two other Hungarian nationals were accused of racketeering, human trafficking and profiting from prostitution for luring Hungarian men to the United States through a website called GayRomeo.com.

The two other men are due to go on soon.

The men they lured from Hungary believed they would be in well-paid, legal jobs in the United States as escorts, prosecutors said, and could go home after a few months.

But when they arrived in 2012, they were kept as slaves in New York and later in Florida, forced into prostitution and to perform on web cams. The captors allegedly threatened to kill them or hurt their families in Hungary, prosecutors said.

The investigation into the prostitution ring named "Never Sleep Inc." began in late 2013 after a call to a tip-off line that reported suspicious activity at a house in Miami. The three men were arrested in 2014.

More than 4,000 human trafficking cases were reported in 2015 in the United States with about one in 10 involving men, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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