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Hungarian man accused of human trafficking of three people in Belfast

By Alan Erwin

Published 31/07/2015

The man was arrested in Belfast following the
The man was arrested in Belfast following the "rescue" of human trafficking victims last week

A Hungarian man has been remanded into custody today accused of human trafficking in Belfast.

Zoltan Raffael appeared before the city's Magistrates Court after being charged by police investigating the alleged exploitation.

The 39-year-old, with an address at Eia Street in Belfast, is charged with three counts of human trafficking and three of acting as an unlicensed gangmaster.

He is further accused of money laundering.

The charges relate to two women and a man allegedly trafficked earlier this summer.

A detective constable with the PSNI's human trafficking branch said she could connect Raffael with the alleged offences.

She confirmed the defendant handed himself in to police voluntarily and provided a full account at interview.

No application for bail was mounted during the brief hearing.

Raffael was instead remanded in custody to appear again by video link on August 10, when he is expected to seek release from custody.

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