On Saturday, the Greek police announced that they had successfully dismantled a prostitution ring that was exploiting women from South America. As a result, more than 50 victims were freed and 22 individuals involved in the operation were arrested.
According to Chief Ioannis Skouras, the police in Greater Athens conducted raids in 13 brothels located in Athens and Thessaloniki on Friday. During these operations, a total of 48 women from Colombia, two from Venezuela, and one from Albania were rescued by the officers.
According to Constantia Dimoglidou, a spokeswoman for the police department, the ring was made up of two organizations that have been operating in Greece and Colombia for at least three years.
According to Skouras, the women were convinced to go to Greece with misleading offers of good-paying jobs. However, once they arrived, they were coerced into engaging in prostitution non-stop, without any breaks or rest.
According to Dimoglidou, the women were made to work to pay off debts that were claimed to be between 1,600 and 2,800 euros. These debts could be lowered if they agreed to bring in more victims from their home countries.
According to Skouras, the operation received assistance from Europol, law enforcement agencies from Spain and the United States, as well as two non-government organizations that help victims of trafficking.
We are looking for four individuals who may be connected to the network.