MIAMI – Viktor Berki once said that Gabor Acs and Andras Janos Vass were his business partners and lovers, a witness told federal authorities.
Their Never Sleep, Inc. enterprise involved slaves -- who did not speak English and barely got to sleep, prosecutors said. Their profitable strategy included using social media and employment ads to find gay men in Hungary and convince them to move to the City That Never Sleeps, records show.
On June 2013, Never Sleeps was hiring. An advertisement on a Hungarian employment website said they were looking for a hairdresser to work in New York.
"It's OK if you are gay," the posting said.
Three of the victims, ages 20 to 22, rescued in South Florida were first promised that they would earn thousands of dollars as escorts. But what they would get was nightmares. Authorities said they were forced to perform sex acts in front of a webcam and engage in prostitution for 18 to 20 hours a day.
"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," federal special agent Melissa Pavlikowski said in an arrest warrant.
Their plot would not last long. Three victims, who were rescued last year, told federal authorities that the trio never gave them a dime. The president of Never Sleep, Berki, 28, and Vass, 21, were in New York waiting to be extradited to Miami-Dade. Vas was arrested in 2013. He was being held at Krome Detention Center, Miami State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith said.
LURING THE VICTIMS