Τρίτη, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Three gay men forced to work as sex slaves in US freed 'Sex slaves' were forced to have sex with customers and each other for up to 20 hours a day

 | BY DARREN WEE

Three Hungaria men face trafficking charges after they lured three young gay men to work as ‘sex slaves’ for up to 20 hours a day in New York and Miami since 2012.

Gabor A., 31, 
Viktor B., 28, and
Andras J. V., 24, 
were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution on Friday.
They recruited two of the men on the Gay Romeo dating site and the third was a male prostitute they found on Facebook.
The three victims, aged 20-22, were flown to New York from May to September 2012 on the promise they would make $3,500 to $5,000 a month for legal escort work.
Instead they were imprisoned in a one-bedroom apartment and forced to have sex with customers or with each other on webcam for 18-20 hours a day
Eight men lived in the apartment at one point.
The traffickers' company was named Never Sleep Inc.
In August 2012 the men were moved to Miami, Florida where they were promised new jobs. 
The accused were reported two months after the move and were arrested in 2013.
The victims 'believed they would only be in New York for a few months to make tens of thousands of dollars before returning to their homeland and their families,' federal agent Melissa Pavlikowski wrote in an arrest warrant.
The accused seized all payment the men earned as well as their ID cards and passports. 
It is claimed they made $40,000 a month.
The victims could not speak English and were rarely allowed to leave the apartment.
Berki told them he was a policeman in Hungary and could 'make them disappear' if they tried to return.
Pavlikowski said, 
'Their traffickers used various techniques to keep them enslaved, including isolating them from others, withholding their travel and identification documents, and using financial manipulation to keep them in constant debt.'
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End Homelessness, End Poverty, END AIDS!

Next Thursday, (10/9) at 12PM on the steps of City Hall, join leaders from the HIV/AIDS, 
LGBTQ and homeless youth communities, 
uniting behind a visionary campaign that will result in thousands of lives saved and will move us towards our shared vision of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. 
 
What: 
Rally and campaign kick-off to expand housing, food and transportation benefits to all low-income NYers living with HIV
 
Where: 
Steps of City Hall

When: 
Thursday, Oct. 9th, 12PM (noon). (arrive at 11:30AM to get through security)

Travel: 
4,5,6J,M,Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2,3 trains to Park Place; R,W trains to City Hall

Who:  
Allied elected officials, leaders from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ and homeless youth movements, and people directly impacted
 
For more information, 
please contact jason@vocal-ny.org or 
call 917-200-1153.
 
There is a growing consensus across New York State that there is an urgent need to expand lifesaving rental assistance, nutrition and transportation benefits to all poor New Yorkers living with HIV. 
 
Denying access to these benefits to individuals because they do not meet a 1980’s AIDS Institute definition of AIDS or “clinical/ symptomatic HIV infection” is out of step with current HIV treatment guidance and counter productive to our shared goal to end AIDS for every community. 
This policy disproportionately affects homeless LGBT youth.
 
This consensus has grown into the first campaign in a decade to actually expand access to life-sustaining pubic benefits, rather then simply fighting to preserve a small part of the social safety-net.
 
The science is way ahead of our community. 
It has been proven time and time again, in study after study, that investments in housing assistance, food, transportation and other basic subsistence benefits are an essential and cost-effective component of any successful HIV prevention and care strategy.  
 
With the historic announcement by the NYS Governor to End AIDS in NYS, we have the vehicle we need to win this campaign. 

Now all we need is to stand together!
 

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