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Criminal gang behind trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation dismantled

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The Hague, 20 May 2015

Yesterday, as a result of operational activities carried out in France and Romania, coordinated by Eurojust and with the participation of Europol’s experts and mobile office, law enforcement authorities dismantled a Romanian gang that trafficked young Romanian women to France for sexual exploitation.

Separate investigations in France and Romania going back to 2012 revealed that these women were being trafficked by a well-organised criminal group active in Romania, with a sophisticated hierarchical structure. The services of the victims were advertised online, and they were frequently moved from one city to another in France.

Coordination and operational meetings were held at Eurojust and Europol, and a joint investigation team (JIT) between France and Romania was formed in 2014 with funding from Eurojust. Within the framework of the JIT, police and judicial cooperation were facilitated by Eurojust and Europol.

The organised criminal network generated proceeds of up to EUR 4 million. These profits were invested in real estate in Romania.

In France, three suspects were arrested and three house searches were carried out. The majority of the operation took place in Romania. The figures below reflect the Romanian operation on 19 May.

Figures at a glance:

  • 25 suspects taken into custody for THB and procuring
  • 56 house searches conducted
  • Approximately 300 Romanian law enforcement officers involved
  • 11 witnesses interviewed
  • Items seized: EUR 20 000, 12 luxury vehicles, 88 mobile telephones, 79 SIM cards, 25 computers, jewellery, steroids, and drugs, including cannabis

The coordination centre was chaired by a member of the Eurojust French Desk, who thanked the Romanian police, the JIT members, the Eurojust Romanian Desk, Europol and the Eurojust Case Analysis Unit for their assistance in uncovering links in the case since the beginning, leading to yesterday’s successful action.

Eurojust is committed to fighting human trafficking. For a sample of some of Eurojust’s recent work in this area, please see the Eurojust website:

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