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Three jailed for 'appalling' sex trafficking offences in Bristol

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Image caption Jiri Mizer, Viera Sulcova and Vojtech Paloc were jailed for a combined total of 25 years for trafficking and controlling prostitutes

Three people have been jailed for a combined total of 25 years for trafficking and controlling prostitutes from the Czech Republic.

Jiri Mizer, 33, of no fixed address, and Viera Sulcova, 39, from Gloucester, were convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

A third man, Vojtech Paloc, 40, failed to attend the trial and was convicted in his absence.

Avon and Somerset Police described the offences as "simply appalling".

The court heard two women were trafficked from the Czech Republic and forced into becoming sex workers in Bristol.

A third woman was trafficked within the UK. One of the three women was also coerced into a sham marriage when she refused to continue as a sex worker.

Speaking after the sentencing Ch Insp Mark Edgington said the women were "treated as commodities".

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