Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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One of the brothels operated from the Britannia Hotel in the city centre (Image: Angela Ward)

Six people face custody after a girl's frantic 1,200-mile phone call led police to a brothel in a city hotel.

She called her mum in Hungary to say she had been forced into sex with strangers - instead of getting a meat factory job.

A four-month trial ended at Nottingham Crown Court with five people found guilty of conspiring to control prostitution. The sixth was convicted of conspiring to arrange travel for exploitation.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC remanded them all in custody and plans to impose sentences next week.

Unanimous verdicts were imposed by a jury of seven women and four men. One juror suffered a bereavement and was allowed to stand down.

After the call from Hungary, Nottinghamshire Police launched Operation Broadcast which traced a number of "pop up brothels," set up across the UK for a few days. They were shut quickly to try and evade detection.

But officers found that one operated from the Britannia Hotel off Maid Marian Way.

And police raided a house in Chilwell where they rescued the girl who raised the alarm. She was said to be "scared for her life".

In a live link from Hungary, the mother gave evidence at the trial, saying her daughter had been beaten up and locked into a room.

"Her documents disappeared. No-one was allowed to communicate with her," she said.

The 18-year-old said she was warned she could be hurled out of the window of the house.

The worried parent then received a text message from her daughter asking her to go to police.

But a second one soon warned: "Please do not write to this phone, as he will take it away from me. I will call you if I can."

Those found guilty of conspiring to control prostitution are Robert Csomor, 28, of Audley Drive, Beeston; Csaba Csomor senior, 52, and Edit Ruszo, 42, both of Manton Crescent, Beeston; Gabriella Ruszo, 33, of Cranwell Road, Strelley; Csaba Csomor Junior, 30, of Cranwell Road, Strelley.

Csomor junior was found guilty of conspiring to hold a man for slavery or servitude. He had admitted the charges relating to the girls.

When police checked his website, they found that Junior called himself "Il Capo dei Capo," an Italian phrase meaning "boss of bosses."

Julianna Varga, 49, of Normanton Road, Derby, was found guilty of conspiring to arrange for travel for exploitation.

The jury found four of the defendants not guilty of earlier charges of conspiring to arrange UK entry for sex exploitation. The allegations cover a time from 2013 to last year.

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