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Vice ring suspect can’t visit sick father

A man accused of running a sex trafficking operation cannot return home to the Czech Republic, a judge in Belfast has ruled.

Bronislav Rybensky was denied permission to return to see his sick father amid claims that alleged victims are living in fear.

The 31-year-old, with an address at College Central Apartments, Belfast, was arrested in 2011 as part of a police operation against a suspected vice ring.

Six eastern European women believed to have been brought to Northern Ireland to work in the sex trade were rescued during raids on a number of properties.

Rybensky faces charges of trafficking into UK for sexual exploitation,brothel keeping and controlling prostitution.

His lawyer sought a temporary lifting of the ban on him leaving Northern Ireland so he could travel to Decin to visit his ill father.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused to let him go back to the Czech Republic, citing the risk that he may not return for any trial. She did, however, allow an electronic monitoring condition to be lifted.

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