Hungarian couple charged with trafficking woman to NI for prostitution

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A man and woman have appeared in court charged with trafficking a 29-year-old Hungarian woman into Northern Ireland and forcing her into prostitution.

The 29-year-old woman was rescued from her alleged captors during a police operation in Co Tyrone on Tuesday.

She is believed to have been trafficked into the region from Hungary about seven months ago, a court heard.

A member of the public had contacted police to say they were concerned for the wellbeing of a woman at a house in Dungannon, a PSNI officer told Strabane Magistrates’ Court.

When police arrived at the house they found signs the property was being used for prostitution, the court heard.

The bedroom doors in the house had locks on both the inside and outside, the officer said.

Appearing together in the dock, Hungarian nationals Gyorgy Orsos (32), and his girlfriend Evelyn Covacs (20), were both charged with human trafficking, kidnap and controlling prostitution for gain.

Mr Orsos was also charged with twice raping his alleged victim, damaging her mobile phone and stealing her bank cards.

The pair, who had been living at John Street in Dungannon, also faced charges of concealing the proceeds of crime and converting criminal property.

The district judge denied an application for bail, saying there was a risk the couple would not attend for trial or could commit further offences.

They were remanded in custody to appear before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court via video link on June 14th.

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