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Ex-RAF man faces vice trafficking charges

By Alan Erwin

A former RAF man from Belfast allegedly provided security for eastern European women trafficked into Northern Ireland to work in the sex trade, the High Court heard today.

Lyle Lamont (22), of Squires Hill Crescent, and Jana Mahovska, with an address at Cavendish Street in the city, are both charged with controlling prostitution and brothel-keeping.

Rejecting their bail applications, Mr Justice Gillen said: “This is a horrifying and shameful tale of organised crime and exploitation of young women.

“These women, alone and no doubt friendless, were abused by predatory males on an organised basis over a lengthy period.”

The two suspects were arrested and charged along with 29-year-old Bronislav Rybensky of King Street, Belfast, following a three-month investigation which led to six alleged victims being rescued.

Lamont’s barrister said his client denied any part in “controlling” the women in question.

The judge added: “The courts in Northern Ireland will not tolerate this behaviour and, if convicted, those involved in this exploitation will undoubtedly receive very severe prison sentences.”

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