Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Operating Gay Sex-Slave Ring In Miami, New York

"They used me like a machine," said one victim. "I was not allowed to be tired. I was not allowed to be sad."

A Miami man has been found guilty of trafficking men for gay sex, keeping them locked in their bedrooms and threatening their families to ensure compliance.

Andras Janos Vass was sentenced to just over 11 years for his role in an operation that forced at least a half-dozen men to have sex with johns around the clock. The victims were lured from Hungary, where they lived in bleak poverty, to New York, where they believed they’d be part of a legitimate business.

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But once there, their passports were taken and they were forced to live in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, where they would service customers and perform in Web shows, sometimes for 18-20 hour stretches.

“What happened was absolute terror,” said Miami-Dade prosecutor Brenda Mezick. The operation eventually moved to Miami, where a tip was picked up by Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, one 24-year-old victim testified that his captors repeatedly raped him, and recalled how Voss would brandish a sword.

“It’s really hard for me to socialize, to mingle with people,” he told the court. “I started drinking heavily to try and forget. I lost all my friends.” If he slept with enough “clients,” he might get extra food or a few cigarettes.

Another said he was used “like a machine”: “They sold me to strangers. I was not allowed to be tired. I was not allowed to be sad.”

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The case marks the first time Florida has convicted someone of the human trafficking of gay men. Two other suspects, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki, are still awaiting trial.

The Miami Herald reports Vass, 26, actually received a rather light sentence—he could have been sent to prison for up to 155 years.

Vass’ attorney claimed he was originally Acs and Berki’s victim mas well, and was actually forced to marry one of them.

“He wasn’t the one who committed the violence,” said defense lawyer Adam Goodman.

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