A MOTHER-of-one told a human trafficking trial that she was brought to Glasgow with the promise of a husband or a job.

The 29-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she was then sold to a Pakistani man and told she was going to marry him.

She was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow, in the trial of Vojtech Gombar, 61, Anil Wagle, 37, Jana Sandorova, 28,and Ratislav Adam, 31, who deny trafficking women into Scotland for prostitution and slavery.

Prosecutors allege that women were brought over from Slovakia and held in “slavery or servitude” between 2011 to 2017.

Speaking via a video link from her native Slovakia and through an interpreter the woman told prosecutor Kath Harper that Gombar and two other men called Eric and Victor came to her home and persuaded her to go to the UK to find a husband.

She said “They told me if they are not able to get me married I could find a job as a cleaner or something.”

Ms Harper asked: “Who would be paid for such a marriage,” and the witness replied: “Gombar.”

The woman, who left behind her young son in Slovakia, told the court she came to Glasgow by bus and was then driven to Gombar’s flat in Allison Street, Govanhill.

Ms Harper said: “Were you allowed outside in Glasgow on your own,” and the witness replied: “No, I had been forbidden to do so.”

She told the court she discovered there was no work for her in Glasgow and claimed Gombar brought Pakistani men to see her with a view to one of them buying her and marrying her.

She claimed that one of the men bought her and took her to stay at his home in Glasgow.

The court was told he could speak no Slovakian and she could not speak his language. The witness said: “We communicated with arms and hands. I told him I had a small child at home and he was surprised by that.”

She told the court she tricked him into letting her return to Slovakia, claiming her son was ill and said she would return., but remained there.

Under cross examination by QC Ronnie Renucci, representing Gombar, the woman admitted that she told police when they questioned her in September 2015 that she had been offered 2,000 Euros by the man called Eric to marry a Pakistani man.

Mr Renucci said: “The truth is you made a deal with him where you would be paid 2,000 euros for marrying a Pakistani man, isn’t that the truth,” and she replied: “I don’t know. I never received anything anyway.”

The QC then said: “That was because you didn’t marry the Pakistani man, did you ,” and she replied: “No.”

Mr Renucci said to the witness that the only time she met Gombar was when she went to his flat with Eric and was not allowed in .

She replied: “That’s completely not true.”

All four accused, who live in Govanhill, Glasgow, are alleged of ‘conspiring to commit the crime of trafficking people for exploitation and trafficking in prostitution.”

Gombar, Sandorova and Adam are also charged with compelling women to work as prostitutes and managing a brothel. They are alleged to have told one woman they would make her homeless unless she worked as a prostitute and threatened another with violence.

The charge claims they did “discuss plans to purchase or obtain control and ownership of women” from Slovakia and elsewhere in the UK.

The accusations are said to have been “aggravated by a connection with serious and organised crime”.

The trial before Lord Beckett continues.