Italian police bust sex-slave trafficking ring

Share this article

The Italian police worked with authorities in Togo during the operation. Photo: Maxime Bonzi/Flickr
11:41 CET+01:00
The Italian police on Wednesday morning issued arrest warrants for 34 people allegedly involved with a mafia-style gang that forced women from west Africa into sexual slavery in Italy.

The special forces operation targeted a “dangerous association of Nigerians” with “mafia characteristics”, in Rome and elsewhere in Italy, police said in a statement.

Members of the group allegedly trafficked women from Togo in west Africa to Italy, where they were forced into prostitution.

The gang face a catalogue of charges, including mafia association, forcing people into slavery, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Italy’s special operations (ROS) and Rome police collaborated with Togo authorities to trace the route used to traffic young women.  

SEE ALSO: EU mulls Italy call to fight human traffickers

Story continues below…

Don't miss a story about Italy - Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Share this article

From our sponsors

Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections

Election Day in the U.S. is less than a month away, and time is running out for Americans living overseas to vote absentee. Here's what to do before it’s too late.


Popular articles