Police crack gang trafficking women to Netherlands

4th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Eastern European women were aware they were going to work as prostitutes but did not expect to receive a fraction of their earnings.

Warsaw – Polish police said Thursday they had cracked a gang trafficking women from Eastern Europe to the Netherlands for prostitution.

"These women, recruited via press ads, were aware of the nature of the work in the Netherlands. But they fell victim to a swindle when they arrived there," Joanna Kacka, police spokeswoman in Lodz, central Poland, told AFP.

Five suspects were detained in the case, including a 40-year-old woman from Lodz who is also the co-owner of a night club in the Dutch city of Rotterdam where prostitutes from Poland are known to work, Kacka said.

The women were required to pay EUR 1,000 each up front but when they began working in the Netherlands they received only a fraction of their earnings, according to Kacka.

Suspects in the case including three men and two women aged 32 to 66 face prison terms of three to 15 years for trafficking in human beings and profiting from the prostitution.

AFP / Expatica

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