Belfast Telegraph

Man remanded on human trafficking charges

By Alan Erwin

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

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

The 39-year-old, from Eia Street in Belfast, is charged with three counts of human trafficking and three of acting as an unlicensed gang master. 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 to the alleged offences.

She confirmed the defendant had voluntarily handed himself into police and provided a full account during an interview.

No application for bail was made 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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