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Man, 41, jailed for 'sex slavery' of women in Bolton and Blackburn

Alex Breier Image copyright GMP
Image caption Alex Breier beat the women if they did not obey him, police said.

A Hungarian man who trafficked three young women forcing them into sexual slavery at his family-run brothel has been jailed.

Alex Breier, 41, of Bolton, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to five years 10 months on Monday after admitting trafficking for prostitution.

Six other people received either suspended jail terms or a conditional discharge for running a brothel.

Det Ch Insp Rick Jackson said the girls lived a "nightmare existence".

The girls, aged 18 and 19, were forced "into a penniless life of sexual slavery and servitude", he added.

"He [Breier] would beat these women if they did not obey him, controlling them physically and psychologically to the point where they felt powerless to free themselves from his violent grip."

At one point, Breier threatened to report them to police for working as prostitutes, said police.

"It may seem astonishing but such was their fear and insecurity that this 'threat' had the desired effect."

'Living in fear'

Over a period of 15 months, they were taken to numerous properties in Bolton and Blackburn owned by different members of the Breier family where they were forced to work as prostitutes.

Mr Jackson continued: "What makes this even more galling is that the entire family conspired together to control the lives of these girls.

"I can't begin to imagine what a nightmare existence they lived through, virtually destitute, repeatedly beaten and living day-to-day in fear."

Police praised the courage of one of the women, now aged 20, who exposed Breier and his family.

Breier, of Wolfenden Street, admitted three counts of trafficking women into the UK for prostitution and three counts of trafficking within the UK for prostitution.

His wife Alexne, 43, son Kristian, 22, of Fecitt Brow, Bolton, were each given a nine month jail term, suspended for a year, after admitting conspiracy to keep a brothel for prostitution.

Breier's daughter Csabane Androvics, 24, and his son-in-law Csaba Androvics, 26, both of Rawsthorne Street, Bolton, were each handed a six month jail sentence, suspended for a year, after admitting the same charge.

Breier's sister Katalin Bogan, 29, and her partner Ferenci Baranyai, 32, both of Croston Street, Bolton, were each given 12 month conditional discharges for conspiracy offences.

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