Police raided 10 brothels in central Athens as part of the Xenios Zeus operation aimed at detaining undocumented immigrants in the city center.
In a statement on Tuesday, police said the raids were carried out on Monday, leading to 21 people being detained. Twenty of the detainees were women –- 15 of whom were migrants -– along with one a man.
They have been charged with breaking the law by reopening brothels that had been closed down by the City of Athens. Eleven of the women face deportation, said the police.
Officers also rounded up 54 suspected prostitutes from the streets of downtown Athens. Five of the women, four of whom are Greek, tested positive for HIV and face charges.
Police said that another 140 immigrants were detained during Monday’s operation.