A disgusting video shows a sex trafficker gleefully brandishing a fat wad of cash made from a trade in women from poverty-stricken Slovakia.
Vojtech Gombar, 61, Anil Wagle, 37, Jana Sandorova, 28, and Ratislav Adam, 31, sold women for sham marriages around the UK, mainly to Pakistani men who wanted EU citizenship to live and work in Europe.
One pregnant woman was sold for £10,000 to a Nepalese man outside a Primark store in Glasgow city centre, to “sleep with him and be his wife”, the Daily Record reports.
In a video posted on the gang's social media, Adam holds up a hundreds of Euros as he sneers in to the camera, then he stuffs it in to his wallet.
A woman hands him the money as she sits counting 50 Euro notes and filling one of two money boxes.
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In the four minute video the woman counts 600 Euros while sat at a table in a seedy flat in Glasgow’s Govanhill.
A small child can be seen playing innocently in the background.
Meanwhile another man is laughing as poses with pile of notes before folding them into a thick wedge he parades to the camera.
Police, who cracked the trafficking ring in a five-year operation dubbed Operation Synapsis, described the crimes as “despicable”.
Detective Inspector Steven McMillan, who led the investigation, said: “It’s a heinous crime.
“It’s horrific to think people think it is acceptable to buy and sell other human beings as a commodity, to have no thought for the impact and trauma it is going to have on them.”
Over the course of the investigation, police had helped more than a dozen suspected victims, aged between 18 and 25, to safety.
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The women were trafficked to the UK, usually by bus and car, having been conned into thinking they would find a better life and work.
But when they arrived they were sold for between between £3,000 and £10,000 as part of a sham marriage scheme.
The buyers were mainly men from Pakistan who wanted EU citizenship so they could live and work in Europe, and wanted the women to become their wives.
Some of the victims were used as prostitutes while others were abused by the men who bought them.
Prosecutor Kath Harper said during the trial: "It is perhaps hard to imagine a more callous and uncaring way to treat another human being.”
The group were found guilty of involvement in forcing women into prostitution and slavery at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.
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