A gang who trafficked vulnerable poor Slovakian women into the UK to sell them into sham marriages with Indian and Pakistani men enabling them to stay in the UK, have been found guilty at the Old Bailey.
Slovak nationals Roman Ziga, 26, known by the nickname Romeo, his brother Jozef Ziga, 28, and Igor Boros, 43, recruited four victims from their home country.
A trio of gang members based in the UK – Tibor Suchy, 29, of no fixed address, Rene Sana, 31, and Viktoria Sanova, 29, both from Gravesend – were previously convicted of trafficking one of the women.
Investigating officer detective constable Keith McCormack, of the Met’s Trafficking and Kidnap Unit (TKU), said: “The victims in this case were all vulnerable women, living in desperate conditions in Slovakia, whose circumstances ensured they could be easily exploited.
“Once in the UK, their ID documents were taken from them and, not knowing any English, they were trapped and unable to seek assistance.
“The traffickers treated these women like pieces of meat and planned to sell them for cash to men from non-EU countries. One of the victims was raped by the man she was sold to, and he was jailed for this.
“This case demonstrates the dedication of the Met’s TKU to bring traffickers to justice. By working in conjunction with our colleagues in the Slovak Police, a network of dangerous individuals have been brought to justice, ensuring they cannot carry on ruining the lives of more desperate women.”
Roman Ziga was found not guilty of involvement in trafficking and immigration offences in relation to one of the victims.
The Ziga brothers, Boros and Suchy were remanded in custody, and Sana and Sanova were released on bail. The men were found guilty on Tuesday (18).