Romania, France police dismantle prostitution ring

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Romanian and French authorities dismantled a prostitution network operating in Paris after searches in both countries on Monday, Romanian prosecutors said.

"Twenty-seven searches have been carried out jointly by Romanian and French authorities, seven of them in the town of Petrosani in western Romania," and the rest in France, prosecutors said in a statement.

"The members of the network obtained substantial financial benefits by recruiting women, some of them underage, and forcing them into prostitution in Paris," the statement said.

In Romania, prosecutors interrogated six suspects, the spokeswoman of the directorate investigating organised crime and terrorism Nadina Spanu told AFP.

A total of 30 people were targeted by the investigation, Mediafax news agency reported, quoting Traian Berbeceanu, the head of the brigade fighting organised crime and drugs in Alba Iulia, one of the departments involved.

Several computers and large amounts of money were also seized in Romania during the operation.

© 2011 AFP

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