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Restaurateur refused bail in sex trade probe

A Dublin-based restaurateur transported foreign women into Belfast to work in the sex trade, the High Court in Belfast has heard.

Prosecutors claimed Matyas Pis was part of an organised crime gang who ran a vice-ring involving Hungarian nationals.

PSNI and Garda detectives are to meet today as part of an investigation into human trafficking.

New details were disclosed as Pis was refused bail while the probe continues.

The 37-year-old suspect, a Hungarian national with an address at Gaybrook Lawns, Dublin, is charged with two counts of controlling prostitution for gain.

Police in London were initially informed by the Hungarian Embassy that a woman who travelled to Belfast to work in a restaurant had allegedly been forced into a brothel. Although Pis voluntarily went to police in Belfast after being contacted by gardai, it was alleged that he first cleared out an apartment in the Titanic Quarter.

Searches of his car recovered mobile phones, sex aids, SIM cards with different girls' names attached to each, a laptop computer and lists of names, according to the prosecution. A cashbox containing around €1,000 was also seized, the court heard.

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