Dutch police close escort websites

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The Dutch police have closed down the websites of two escort agencies, zuzana.com and pleasure-escort.nl. The agencies were suspected of involvement in human trafficking. Two suspects were detained for questioning.

The police have also issued an international arrest warrant for a 37-year-old man said to have set up zuzana.com eight years ago. He is also wanted by the police in France, where he has already been sentenced to four years in jail for human trafficking.

The police have sent a text message to around 1300 mobile telephones from which the escort agencies have been contacted. The message warns that the sites offer escorts who are thought to be human trafficking victims. It also asks for cooperation in the investigation.

The two website addresses now link to a police site stating “This agency is associated with human trafficking.”

Zuzana.com mainly offered Eastern European women as escorts at 200 euros an hour. The women work in the pornography industry or as photographic models. They travel throughout Europe, spending a week at a time in a hotel or apartment in the Netherlands.

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