It was the first conviction and sentencing for a politicians caught with prostitutes human trafficking for sexual exploitation offence in Northern Ireland under the new Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 and the first human trafficking conviction in Northern Ireland where the victims did not have to provide any.
When gardai later searched an apartment on South Lotts Road, they found items including a laptop containing spreadsheets detailing the names of prostitutes, dates and amounts of cash received.
She told the court the women involved were "vulnerable' as they aged between 18 and 19 at the time, they did not speak English and they all lived in a house with the two defendants.They couldn't understand or speak English and probably didn't have access to much money."Victims of human trafficking experience the most horrific of ordeals.Table Tennis returns to Fivemiletown this September as local coaches Neil Irwin (a former Irish international) and Trevo.DCI Bell said the brothers were part of a Romanian organised crime gang involved in trafficking women and police had received "valuable information" from a member of the public which prompted the investigation.They had pleaded guilty last month to the offence of controlling prostitution of a number of women on dates between December 2013 and May 2017.Spartacus Ilie Mihai, tWO Romanian brothers have been sentenced to a total of seven years after admitting their role in controlling women for prostitution in Northern Ireland who earned a "significant six figure sum' from the illegal sex trade."During the course of the investigation we discovered the one of the victims, who was only 19 at the time, had been arrested for stealing condoms from a shop in Banbridge.Mark McCormick was netting an estimated 2,500 a month from the brothels and another 150,000 a month from internet advertising of an escort service.Their captors subject them to a degrading life which violates their human rights and denies them their rights to life, freedom and safety.".Judge Hunt said it stood in the accused's favour that there was no human trafficking or abuse of women involved.
He noted it was a very profitable business as demonstrated by a spreadsheet found, which showed profits of 220,000 to be split between three people.
Spartacus Mihai pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property of 12,015 in cash on dates between December 2014 and January 2017.
Decebal Mihai pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property, namely cash to the value of 92,529 between December 2013 and May 2017.
He further admitted a separate charge of converting criminal property totalling 53,473 on dates between January 2014 and May 2017.Caged: Mark McCormick, a Northern Ireland man has been jailed for running a network of brothels in Dublin - seven years after his father was convicted of organising prostitution.The men were also made the subject of Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Orders - Decebal Mihai for ten years and Spartacus Mihia for 7 years.The court heard that up to six women were involved in selling their services over internet websites, including Escort Ireland, and earned in excess of 100,000.Following their arrests, police uncovered bank accounts and moneygram transfers of cash from the defendants to Romania.He also took into account McCormick's late guilty plea and suspended the final 14 months of the sentence.On March 8 2006, McCormick was brought to Store Street Garda station after he was observed having lunch with Killen.Spartacus Ilie Mihai, prosecution lawyer Rosemary Walsh asked that a further nine charges to be "left on the books in the usual terms' in relation to human trafficking and Proceeds of Crime offences.