Italian police bust sex-slave trafficking ring

Italian police bust sex-slave trafficking ring
The Italian police worked with authorities in Togo during the operation. Photo: Maxime Bonzi/Flickr
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.  

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