Russian spy helped prostitution ring: report

25th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Russian military intelligence officer was found guilty by a jury trial of helping a vast prostitution ring that involved nearly 100 women, the Kommersant newspaper reported Friday.

A total of 13 people were accused of selling 97 young women from Russia and several former Soviet republics into slavery between 1999 and 2007, it added.

The women were lured by newspaper ads about work in Europe as nannies and waitresses, the paper said.

Their passports were then confiscated and they were told to prostitute themselves in order to pay for their trip to Europe, Israel or the United Arab Emirates. The investigation found only 97 of 129 women that were victims of the operation.

Lieutenant colonel Dmitry Strykanov, who worked for Russia's GRU military intelligence, was helping the ring organizers by providing the women with visas and passports, the Moscow jury decided on Thursday.

The jurors found him not guilty of organising the crime.

The court will continue hearing the case over several days before the judge makes a final decision.

© 2011 AFP

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