Gombar (pictured exterior Glasgow’s Excessive Court docket) was a part of a gang that bought a girl for £10,000 exterior Primark
A gang that bought a girl for £10,000 exterior Primark is going through jail for forcing Slovakian females into slavery and prostitution within the UK.
Vojtech Gombar, 61, Anil Wagle, 37, Jana Sandorova, 28, and Ratislav Adam, 31, had been convicted on the Excessive Court docket in Glasgow.
They helped to move eight younger girls from poverty-stricken Slovakia to flats within the metropolis’s Govanhill between November 2011 and February 2017 in an effort to exploit them.
Gombar was the ringleader for the gang. Jurors heard how one sufferer was bought for £10,000 exterior Primark within the metropolis’s Argyle Avenue.
5 of the ladies had been introduced over for organized marriages to Pakistani males. A few of the girls – although not all – had been pressured into prostitution.
One was turned again at Calais by UK Border Power officers. She had no possessions or cash and was accompanied by Gombar, who had two suitcases containing his possessions. He deserted her on the ferry port. Jurors returned verdicts after greater than 5 days of deliberations.
Gombar was discovered responsible of 13 fees involving eight of the ladies. An accusation involving a ninth lady was discovered not confirmed.
Wagle was convicted of 4 fees primarily involving one of many victims. Sandorova was meantime responsible of six fees that includes two girls.
Adam was lastly convicted of seven fees involving three victims. Lord Beckett remanded the gang – all from Govanhill – in custody pending sentencing for stories. They’ll return to the dock in Edinburgh on November 8.
One lady – who had been with the gang through the case – sobbed loudly after the verdicts. The trial had lasted round seven weeks.
The court docket heard how the vast majority of the ladies gave proof by video hyperlink from Slovakia and thru an interpreter.
Adam and Sandrova (each pictured, left) had been a part of a gang that introduced girls to the UK to be bought into prostitution as was Wagle (pictured, proper)
All had come to Scotland with the promise of a greater life and a job however had been both pressured to participate in marriages in opposition to their will or made to work as prostitutes.
Jurors heard the harrowing tales of the susceptible victims who arrived right here penniless, with no possessions and solely the garments they had been sporting. Their ID playing cards, which may have helped them to flee again house had been snatched.
The ladies – who didn’t converse any English – had been watched and by no means allowed out on their very own.
The horrific crimes solely got here to gentle after one courageous lady managed to flee and run to a store within the southside of town for assist.
She spoke solely Roma and Slovakian – however, the shopkeeper – who didn’t perceive her – phoned police.
The officers requested two younger women within the retailer to assist with translation. They then managed to work out that Gombar had her ID card.
The doc was present in Gombar’s flat within the metropolis’s Allison Avenue. This sparked a serious investigation.
It was Gombar – together with accomplices in Slovakia – who discovered the ladies and introduced them to the UK.
Jana Sandorova (proper), 28, and Ratislav Adam (left), 31, had been additionally convicted on the Excessive Court docket in Glasgow as we speak after 5 days of deliberation
Prosecutor Kath Harper mentioned: ‘Vojtech Gombar exhibits a startlingly clear, compelling and highly effective sample of behaviour in recruiting, transporting and exploiting these girls.
‘He exploited them by both forcing them into marriage with digital strangers from which he benefitted financially and/or forcing them into prostitution from which he and his associates benefitted.’
The court docket heard that one of many girls was pressured to have intercourse with two or three males Pakistani males in a day for a minimum of eight months.
Ms Harper mentioned: ‘Her autonomy was utterly stripped from her and her physique grew to become nothing however a car for Gombar and others to generate profits.
Gombar (left) and Wagle (proper) helped to move younger girls to the UK, 5 of which had been introduced over for organized marriages to Pakistani males
‘It’s maybe arduous to think about a extra callous and uncaring strategy to deal with one other human being.’
Sandorova and Adam had been Gombar’s step-daughter and her accomplice. Wagle, from Nepal, grew to become concerned initially as a result of he wished to purchase a bride.
The girl he ‘purchased’ claimed that he raped her though he was not charged with that offence.
There was proof from telephone messages that he was making an attempt to generate profits promoting girls to different males.
One lady instructed of how Sandorova gave her a brief skirt and ‘horny’ clothes in order that she would look extra provocative and generate profits from prostitution. One other sufferer overheard a dialog between Adam and Gombar.
She instructed the court docket: ‘I imagine he was concerned in an analogous factor to what Vojtech Gombar was doing, like taking women and so forth.
‘On the time he had no women, nevertheless I heard him say he be doing the identical factor as Gombar, in accordance with what I heard he was planning to get women on the market.’
Ms Harper mentioned: ‘Ratislav Adam was performing together with Gombar in controlling one lady and protecting her in servitude, if not slavery.
‘He bought a girl within the metropolis centre of Glasgow together with Jana Sandorova to Anil Wagle.
‘After various quantities of time the ladies did get away, however it was not often something to do with the accused.’
The fees the 4 was responsible of included intent to take advantage of girls, holding some in slavery or servitude in addition to inflicting victims to work as prostitutes.
Lord Beckett heaped reward on the Slovakian authorities in serving to get justice in Scotland.
He mentioned: ‘With out the invaluable, worldwide co-operation this trial couldn’t have taken place.
‘Their efforts has allowed justice to be accomplished in relation to very severe and damaging felony conduct.’