Police arrest four Bulgarians for human trafficking

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

SOFIA, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - Four Bulgarians involved in trafficking women to France and Spain to work as prostitutes have been arrested following a joint operation by Bulgarian and French police, the interior ministry in Sofia said Thursday.

SOFIA, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - Four Bulgarians involved in trafficking women to France and Spain to work as prostitutes have been arrested following a joint operation by Bulgarian and French police, the interior ministry in Sofia said Thursday.

The four were arrested Wednesday in the Black Sea resort of Varna "for the trafficking of women intended for sexual exploitation," the ministry said in a statement.

The operation, launched a year and a half ago in France, was conducted jointly by police in Lyon and Bulgarian border officers, the statement said.

"More than 10 girls were forced under duress, threats and violence directed at the victims and their relatives, to prostitute themselve in France and Spain," the ministry said.

The four Bulgarians will now be sent to France to be tried and could face between seven and 20 years in prison.

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