Greek-Russian sex gang broken

A well-organized international gang that lured young women from Russia and Kazakhstan to Greece and forced them to work in sex clubs until they paid off their travel costs has been broken in cooperation with Russia’s authorities and Interpol, police said yesterday. The gang allegedly ran recruitment offices in Moscow, Vladivostok and Almaty which placed adverts in local newspapers seeking young women interested in working as dancers in Greece. The victims were brought to Thessaloniki and issued with false Greek papers before being sent on to Athens where they were forced to work as strippers. The sex clubs kept half of the women’s 80-euro daily salary, while the gang forced them to gradually pay off 6,000 euros for being brought to Greece. In a three raids on Wednesday in Kifissia, Metamorphosis and Nikaia sex clubs, police arrested three suspected senior gang members and are seeking another seven. Twenty strippers were detained. Meanwhile, a two-day conference on human trafficking opened in the northern town of Ioannina yesterday.