Forty arrested in raids on human smuggling ring

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14 April 2005, WIESBADEN - In a concerted action by German and Bulgarian police, a total of 40 persons were arrested in raids against a human smuggling and illegal prostitution ring, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) disclosed on Thursday.

14 April 2005

WIESBADEN - In a concerted action by German and Bulgarian police, a total of 40 persons were arrested in raids against a human smuggling and illegal prostitution ring, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) disclosed on Thursday.

The BKA said that 37 of the arrests came in raids in Hanover, Hamburg, Cologne and Giessen on Wednesday, involving some 320 police officers.

Besides the arrests in Germany, three other people, including the suspected ringleader, were arrested in Bulgaria, the BKA said.

The target of the investigations by German and Bulgarian police was a group which smuggled Bulgarian women of ethnic Turkish background into Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France and forced them into prostitution, the BKA said.

Among those arrested in Germany were 15 prostitutes, the Wiesbaden-based agency said.

The BKA said the raids also turned up numerous falsified passports. The public prosecutor's office in Hanover was to hold a press conference later on Thursday to discuss the sweep.

DPA

Subject: German news

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