Arrests as police bust 'women smugglers'
25 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have claimed a big success in Amsterdam with the arrest of 18 male suspects on charges of illegally trading in women.
25 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police have claimed a big success in Amsterdam with the arrest of 18 male suspects on charges of illegally trading in women.
The main suspect, a 38-year-old Amsterdam man, is alleged to have operated a criminal network in Eastern Europe.
He is accused of enticing women aged between 15 and 25 to the Netherlands, where they were put to work in the sex industry.
Besides the 18 men, police also arrested 29 illegal immigrants, six of whom were underage. A cannabis crop was discovered and police seized illegal passports.
Police claim the main suspect earned great sums of money in the trade. His 36-year-old wife was also arrested for allegedly helping her husband recruit young women from Russia.
The other suspects are accused of transporting the women to sex clients in the Netherlands. Hundreds of men are alleged to have availed of the sex network.
Besides charges of human smuggling, the 18 men are also accused of forming a criminal gang.
Police started making arrests in April last year and three suspects are still in remand custody.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news