Dutchman forced women into massage trade

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A 52-year-old Dutchman has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for trafficking in women for sexual exploitation. His partner, a 37-year-old Thai woman, also received a two-year sentence.

The two were found guilty of forcing illegal immigrant African and Thai women into prostitution in brothels masquerading as Thai massage parlours. The women were told they could earn money in the catering business and then sent to the massage parlours in the Flemish towns of Destelbergen and Deinze.

In the illegal brothels, they had to give up a share of their earnings and were told they could buy their freedom for 10,000 euros. Flemish-language daily reports that the girls were beaten if they refused to cooperate.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide 2011

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