Cyprus Mail

Arrest after police believe smash trafficking ring

A 48-year-old man was remanded for eight days on Tuesday on suspicion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of trafficking victims after a police raid on a massage parlour in Limassol.

The man was arrested on Monday during a raid on the massage parlour he owns in Linopetra. At the time of the raid six women, all third-country nationals, aged between 23 and 38, were also in the premises and are believed to be victims of human trafficking. Three male customers were also there.

The place had been under police surveillance for three months. Police said on Tuesday that the case concerns a ring exploiting Asian women and operates in several countries.

During the raid, police seized as evidence €4,268 in cash, computers, tablets, mobile phones, handwritten notes and a closed-circuit camera recorder.

The suspect is being investigated for human trafficking, sexual exploitation of trafficking victims, for illegally withholding personal documents and money laundering. The offences allegedly took place between October 2017 and February 2019.

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