Hungarian nationals arrested in gay sex trafficking in South Florida

Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.

Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.

Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.

Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.

MIAMI — Three Hungarian nationals are facing sex trafficking charges after authorities say they lured young gay Hungarian men to South Florida and forced them into prostitution.

WTVJ-TV reports that the suspected ringleaders — Gabor Acs, Viktor Berki and Andras Janos Vass — were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution.

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According to prosecutors, three victims — all in the early 20s — were lured to the United States in 2012 with the promise of quick, easy and legal cash, and they were brought to New York before arriving in Miami.

The victims “believed they would only be in New York for a few months to make tens of thousands of dollars before returning to their homeland and their families,” federal agent Melissa Pavlikowski wrote in an arrest warrant.

Once in Miami, the men were forced to engage in prostitution or performed sex acts in front of a webcam for 18-20 hours a day, prosecutors said. All the payments went to Acs, Berki and Vass.

The victims told investigators that the suspects “used various techniques to keep them enslaved, including isolating them from others, withholding their travel and identification documents, and using financial manipulation to keep them in constant debt,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

WTVJ-TV reports:

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