Greek law enforcement agencies have dismantled a criminal organization for trafficking and sexual exploitation of women from Latin America in the capital, Greek television Sky reported today.
The Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and Human Trafficking arrested six members of the organisation, including the group's leader, and found and rescued ten women.
The ten women victims of the organization were given assistance and protection, after which they were moved to dormitories until the repatriation process was completed according to their wishes.
The criminal organization was dismantled on Saturday with the assistance of Evoropol, representatives of Spain's National Police, the U.S. Homeland Security Service, and two organizations specializing in assisting and protecting victims of human trafficking.
Against the arrested is opened a file for criminal organization, trafficking in human beings, as well as for money laundering from criminal activities.
Police had received information about the criminal organization the police from a rescued woman, a victim of the organization, who was forced to leave for Greece from Venezuela to work in a brothel to pay off a huge debt.
The group selected women who were mostly in vulnerable social and economic situations, being attracted through internet applications and promises of legal work, high wages and very good living conditions. Potential victims were required to send photos of the documents and themselves to be "approved" by the head of the organization.
Greek police detain six people for trafficking and extortion of foreigners
Proceeds from criminal activity have been legalized through participation in investment firms and provision of accommodation services.
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