Eastbourne brothers charged over people trafficking

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Two Eastbourne men have been charged following a major UK Border Agency trafficking investigation.

Hungarian nationals Istvan Toth, 34 and his brother Peter, 27, have been charged with conspiracy of human trafficking for sexual exploitation into and within the UK, and controlling prostitution for gain.

The pair were arrested by officers from the Agency’s South East Criminal and Financial Investigation team at an address in Sovereign Harbour last Thursday and appeared before Crawley Magistrates Court on Saturday.

The pair are the fourth and fifth individuals charged in connection with Operation Amber, a UK Border Agency investigation into the trafficking of women into and around the UK.

Three people have previously been charged with trafficking offences and remanded in custody. They were arrested following an operation in Croydon last October.