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Prostitution clients 'may have phones examined'

By Alan Erwin

Customers' mobile phones may be examined as part of an investigation into a suspected human trafficking and prostitution ring, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors revealed detectives could focus on men believed to have used the services of Romanian women here.

Details emerged as a man accused of running the sex trade centred in Banbridge, Co Down was again refused bail. Spartacus Mihai (20), of Henly Road in Ilford, Essex, was arrested with his 28-year-old brother Decebal during a PSNI operation in May.

Searches were carried out in Banbridge and east Belfast, with police saying four women were rescued from the two locations.

The two brothers, both Romanian nationals, deny a series of charges linked to controlling prostitution.

Forensic reports have been carried out on mobile phones belonging to three of the women, the court was told.

The prosecutor said he was aware of two individuals police described as clients. "Their telephones may be triaged and reports obtained," he suggested.

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