A MUM was found dead in an alleyway in Bolton five days after flying half way around Europe to sleep with men for cash.

Monika Stibla, aged 39, travelled from her hometown of Göd in Hungary to the UK after advertising sex work through an adult website.

Five days later, her body was discovered in bushes at the rear of Bradford Street, close to where police say she bought a cocktail of drugs that led to her tragic death.

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She was discovered surrounded by needles and rubbish in a notorious alley used by criminals, police say.

Her family back home in Hungary, including a teenage son and partner of more than 20 years, had no idea of her double life.

Today a Bolton News investigation into the seedy world of the international sex trade has found she was one of almost 200 desperate people selling sexual services in Bolton from just one website. Many of them are from Eastern Europe and fly to Bolton, and elsewhere, to sleep with men for as little as £15.

An inquest into Miss Stibla’s death last week heard she had travelled to Birmingham on June 23 and was later reported missing by police in Staffordshire.

The hearing at Bolton Coroner’s Court heard that Miss Stibla was driven up to Bolton by the owner of the accommodation and was last seen alive on CCTV in the town on 28 June.

It is understood she had been travelling to the UK to work as a prostitute on week-long trips since 2015.

Area coroner Simon Nelson said: "I hope this serves as a warning for other individuals entering the UK for the same purpose.

"If one life is saved, her death will not entirely have been in vain."

DI Tanya Kitchen, from Greater Manchester Police, said police believe her movements were not forced and there was no indication that she had been kidnapped or trafficked.

Miss Stibla's family – including her mother, brother, sister and brother-in-law – all flew in from Hungary to hear evidence at the inquest last Tuesday.

Miss Stibla’s mother, through the use of an interpreter, said she was aware her daughter had visited the UK before for occasional week-long trips – but did not know the real reason for the trips.

DI Kitchen said it took longer than usual to identify Miss Stibla as there was little CCTV footage of her in Bolton and Greater Manchester Police initially believed her to be from the area.

The forensic pathologist Dr Naomi Carter told the inquest Miss Stibla’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. There were also traces of heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and alprazolam — a prescription drug which is not available in the UK.

The family aired their concerns that someone may have put Miss Stibla's body in that location after an altercation. However, it was emphasised by both Dr Carter and DI Kitchen that there was no evidence of a physical or sexual assault which would contribute to her death. Signs of assault were tested for specifically due to the nature of Miss Stibla's work.

Rather, a number of puncture marks were found across the deceased's body, determined to be intravenous injection sites. These marks contributed to the result that Miss Stibla died from the "toxic effect" of "the particular combination of the multiple drugs together."

However, Dr Carter pointed out that she "cannot be certain that someone else didn't inject her."

Mr Nelson concluded that Miss Stibla died from a combination of drugs and alcohol. He praised the family for travelling the distance to assist in the inquest, acknowledging both the mental and financial toll the last few months had taken on them.

He ended by saying he hopes Miss Stibla's case "serves as a warning for other individuals entering the UK for the same purpose," and if that saves one life, "her death will not have entirely been in vain."


THE death of Monika Stibla has revealed the modern face of prostitution in 2018.
The days of street walkers and kerb crawlers appear to be numbered, especially in towns such as Bolton, where great progess has been made to help vice girls and to stop sex being sold on our streets.
But organised, hi-tech operations have been taking over. Cheap air fares enable sex workers to travel easily between countries and spend days or weeks satisfying clients’ demands, with liaisons being arranged online.
Tomorrow, one woman lifts the lid on the reality of prostitution in 2018.