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Arrests in women-trafficking case reach 51

Δημοσίευση 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:00 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Arrests in women-trafficking case  reach 51
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Greek authorities had by Friday arrested 51 people, among them two police officers, in connection with a women-trafficking case exposed by the Attica Security Police organised crime squad. The ring, uncovered through a gigantic police operation spanning several months and carried out with the assistance of Russian authorities, was involved in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women from Russia.

Greek authorities had by Friday arrested 51 people, among them two police officers, in connection with a women-trafficking case exposed by the Attica Security Police organised crime squad. The ring, uncovered through a gigantic police operation spanning several months and carried out with the assistance of Russian authorities, was involved in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women from Russia.

Of those arrested, 19 are accused as members of the trafficking ring itself and the rest face various other related charges. A further 11 people in Greece and abroad are also charged in connection with the case, including the two police officers that were not arrested because the 48-hour period for automatic detention and trial in a police court had elapsed.

The two have been charged with dereliction of duty for facilitating the issue of work permits to the women being exploited by the traffickers.
During the police operation code-named 'Siberia' authorities examined more than 180 witnesses and also freed four women from Russia who said they were victims of the traffickers. They were placed under protection and given support as human-trafficking victims.
According to a police announcement on Friday, the ring had been in business for the past three years and controlled 80 percent of women involved in illegal prostitution in Greece. It was organised into three separate cells, each having a distinct role and members.

It operated by locating women in Eastern Europe that might serve as potential victims and promising them jobs as dancers in Greek night clubs. Once they were in Greece, they worked at clubs where they were forced to offer sexual services to customers in exchange for money.

The profits from the clubs were then laundered through a chain of bakeries owned by the mastermind of the ring, who was among those arrested, as well as the property market and other night clubs. Large sums of money were also sent abroad.
In the course of their investigation, Greek police confiscated four luxury cars, 12,400 euro and a large number of mobile phones as evidence.

The 51 people now under arrest will be led before a public prosecutor on Friday afternoon and the two police men accused of assisting the ring have been suspended from duty, while their involvement will be the subject of an internal police investigation