A COURT has heard an exchange of electronic messages apparently discussing the sale of women.

Messages were found by police on a mobile phone and a computer in the properties of two men accused of trafficking women from Slovakia to Glasgow.

Prosecutor Kath Harper read the messages to Detective Constable Kirsty Lee at the High Court in Glasgow where Vojtech Gombar, 61, Anil Wagle, 37, Jana Sandorova, 28, and Ratislav Adam, 31, deny trafficking women for prostitution and slavery.

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In messages found on a computer in Gombar's flat, which were sent in June 2014, the court heard one read: "You don't bring me lady, no more money."

From a phone found in Wagle's flat a message read: "I have this girl in my house. Come if you like."

Ms Harper also read to the court a WhatsApp message exchange with a Nil Raj from March 8, 2016, which included: "I had a girl for you but now she is gone."

Another read: "I have another one but not such beauty. If you like to see, come to my house."

A message from the same phone in April 2016 from Nil Raj read: "Come to Garturk Street. A lady came today. If you like her come fast, fast."

Defence counsel asked the police officer if it was possible that the phone and computer might have been used by other members of the household.

Ronnie Renucci QC, representing Gombar, pointed to several parts of the message exchanges where it could appear that other parties were logged into the message accounts of his client.

Messages, the court was told, were in a mixture of English and Slovakian but had been translated into English.

Gary Allan QC, for Wagle, asked Ms Lee if she had ever played the game of Chinese Whispers and asked: "Do we just hope that's not what happens in translation exercises?"

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Ms Harper also read from a letter from the Home Office sent on June 23, 2015 to Mohammed Nadim Rafiq.

The court has previously heard from a witness who claimed that when she was 19 and pregnant she was brought to the UK to live with a man of that name.

The letter states Mr Rafiq had applied for residency of the UK as a relation of someone from the EU and that he presented a birth certificate for his partner's child but that he was not the biological father of the child.

Mr Rafiq and his EEA sponsor - his partner - were invited to Liverpool, Ms Lee confirmed to the court, for interview where it was found she did not speak English.

The couple underwent a communication test using the common language shared at home, and communication between them was "inadequate."

The letter went on to say their relationship was one "of convenience for the sole purpose of Mr Rafiq remaining in the UK."

The court hears he was served papers as an overstayer, arrested and detained.

Later, a witness told the court she would not give evidence.

Helena Cicova was due to testify via video link from Slovakia but, through an interpreter, said she had been "informed about her rights" and would not give evidence at the risk of "incriminating herself or someone close to her."

Judge Lord Beckett told the jury Ms Cicova could not be compelled to give evidence by the Scottish court.

The trial continues.