Crime

Man in Hungarian gay sex-slave ring in Miami convicted of human trafficking

Andras Vass
Andras Vass Miami-Dade Corrections

A Hungarian national is facing up to 155 years in prison after his conviction this week for keeping young gay men as “sex-slave” prostitutes inside a North Miami-Dade home.

A jury late Thursday convicted Andras Janos Vass, 25, of human trafficking and racketeering.

Prosecutors say Vass and two others ran a company called Never Sleep Inc., forcing the men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

According to authorities, the ringleaders met two victims in Hungary through a website called GayRomeo.com. Another victim was “living with gypsies” as a male prostitute in Hungary when he met one company representative through Facebook.

The three victims testified during the four-day trial in Miami-Dade. Jurors deliberated just 30 minutes.

In 2012, the company flew the three victims — in their early 20s — to New York City, where they lived in a cramped one-bedroom apartment while performing sex acts around the clock, sometimes with johns, other times on live web cameras, according to the arrest warrant.

Up to eight men lived and worked in the apartment. Jurors heard that the ringleaders took their travel documents and threatened them and their families back in Hungary if they refused to work.

In August 2012, the group moved their operation to Miami-Dade. Defendants Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki, a former policeman in Hungary, are still awaiting trial.

Vass faces a minimum of 21 years in prison. He will be sentenced June 2 before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Richard Hersch.

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