Dozens of prostitutes were exploited, generating an estimated tens of millions of euros in annual earnings.
A transatlantic pimping network, which exploited at least fifty women in France for gains estimated at up to 30 million euros per year, was dismantled on Tuesday in France but also in Spain and Colombia, a-t -we learned Friday from a French police source.
A couple, at the head of the network, was imprisoned in Colombia, four men and two women were arrested in Spain and will soon be handed over to France. Finally, two men and a woman have already been indicted and imprisoned on Friday December 2 in Paris in this case. The three suspects, arrested on Tuesday in the Haut-Rhin, were in particular indicted for aggravated pimping, trafficking in human beings in an organized gang, aggravated money laundering and criminal association, detailed the judicial source.
According The Parisian, the central office for the repression of human trafficking (OCRTEH) and the specialized interregional jurisdiction of Paris (JIRS) led the case, which resulted in these police operations on two continents. “The victims were recruited in several South American countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru) with the promise of a job and a better future in Europe, then exploited industrially in France at the rate of ten of sexual services per day in apartments located in about ten medium-sized cities spread over the whole territory“, detailed Elvire Arrighi, who heads the OCRTEH.
Several tens of millions of euros per year in earnings
To France Interthe investigator also points out that “If we imagine that a half-hour pass will be charged 50 euros, that’s 25 euros for the victim, 25 euros for the network. At the rate of 10 passes per day, that makes 250 euros per day for the victim. It is obvious that these are extremely large sums, which they could only earn with difficulty in their country of origin, and which therefore keep them under the influence of this network, since they need to send money. money to their family“.
The victims were transported from town to town, moved every three to four days, to isolate them. These “had no control over their schedule and had to report by message after each performance“. At the end of the chain,small hands» took care of the logistics (meals, transport, security, etc.) «closer to the victims“, so that they “fully dedicated to passing” further described the commissioner. The activity would thus have generated between five and several tens of millions of euros per year in earnings, which were then laundered via collectors.
The Commissioner emphasizesunprecedented international cooperationbetween France, Colombia and Spain, which shows that “in the face of organized crime without borders, police forces can work together, including across the oceans“.
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