Tel Aviv police smash int'l women smuggling ring

November 9, 2010 14:29

An international women smuggling ring which forced victims to work as prostitutes in Tel Aviv and locked them up has been smashed, police announced on Tuesday.

The central unit of Tel Aviv police arrested three suspects in their 40s - one man from the North and two men from Tel Aviv - on suspicion of smuggling two women into Israel from Belarus, locking them in apartments, threatening them, and forcing them to work as prostitutes after seizing their passports between 2006 and 2007. The women then managed to escape the apartment and flew back to Belarus.

Police in the east European country also took part in the investigation and arrested a suspect there on suspicion of being part of the smuggling network.

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