Dozens on trial over French-Thai prostitution ring

3rd September 2007, Comments 0 comments

NANTES, France, Sept 2, 2007 (AFP) - Twenty-seven people go on trial Monday in western France accused of running a prostitution ring whose profits were laundered via a luxury property development in Thailand.

NANTES, France, Sept 2, 2007 (AFP) - Twenty-seven people go on trial Monday in western France accused of running a prostitution ring whose profits were laundered via a luxury property development in Thailand.

French police arrested some 40 people in 2004 after discovering a double bookkeeping system in 11 hostess bars in the western cities of Rennes and Nantes, accused of operating as brothels.

Part of the bars' turnover was embezzled and used to finance an eight-villa property development in Thailand.

Two of the suspected ringleaders are standing trial on charges of condoning prostitution and embezzling company funds, while a third is on the run from police.

The remaining defendants -- bar managers and account holders -- are accused of prostitution and embezzlement.

The trial is set to last two weeks.

AFP

Subject: French news

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