Hungarian Men Found Guilty of Running Fla. 'Gay Sex Slave Ring' Sentenced

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Update: Each of the men were given 25-year prison sentences, not 30 as the Miami Herald originally reported.

(EDGE) Two Hungarian men who were found guilty in February of forcing young gay men into a sex slave ring were each handed a 30-year prison sentence from a Florida judge last week, the Miami Herald reports.

Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were sentenced after being convicted of human trafficking, conspiracy and racketeering. The men's victims were young gay men who were lured from Hungary to the U.S. and then forced into prostitution.

In another case, a third man involved in the sex ring, Andras Janos Vass, was sentenced to over 11 years in prison, the newspaper reports.

Acs and Berki met two of their victims via the dating website GayRomeo.com, prosecutors said. Another victim was "living with gypsies" as a prostitute and met Acs through Facebook. The three men testified in court and said they were flown to New York City under the belief they were going to work for a legal business in the U.S.

Once in New York City, the men, who are in their early 20s, were then sent to Miami and "forced to live in cramped conditions while performing sex acts around the clock, sometimes with johns, other times on live web cameras, prosecutors said. The three were given little food and threatened with violence if they left," the Miami Herald writes.


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