German police smash human trafficking ring

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18 February 2005, ROSTOCK - Police in Germany have arrested 21 people in raids on an international gang which smuggled prostitutes into the country from eastern Europe, authorities said on Friday. Eleven suspects were held in custody and 10 were released after detention. Interior Minister Otto Schily praised the raids as a success in the fight against organized crime. Among those arrested was a Rostock-based 29-year-old man from Lithuania who was described as the head of the trafficking ring. More than 340

18 February 2005

ROSTOCK - Police in Germany have arrested 21 people in raids on an international gang which smuggled prostitutes into the country from eastern Europe, authorities said on Friday.

Eleven suspects were held in custody and 10 were released after detention. Interior Minister Otto Schily praised the raids as a success in the fight against organized crime.

Among those arrested was a Rostock-based 29-year-old man from Lithuania who was described as the head of the trafficking ring.

More than 340 federal and state police took part in the raids on Thursday on 51 apartments and offices in Rostock, Wismar, Hamburg, Lueneburg and Heppenheim.

Property and more than EUR 43,000 in cash and EUR 430,000 on bank accounts was seized.

Police say members of the gang were involved in the trafficking of prostitutes and drugs, blackmail and money laundering. A 30- strong special police commission had been investigating the gang for several years, a police spokesman said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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