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Ring abused Moldovan women A group of Greeks and foreigners who allegedly smuggled Moldovan women into Greece on the pretext of finding them jobs, before physically abusing them and forcing them into prostitution, has been broken up, police in Attica said yesterday. Officers arrested eight Greeks, one Moldovan, two Turks and a Bulgarian. According to police, the Moldovan would send the women by plane to Turkey, where they would be collected by the Turks who would rape them before sending them on to Athens. There, they would be raped again and forced into prostitution by the Greek ring members. Violent mugging A 35-year-old man was attacked outside a club in the Athenian district of Votanikos early yesterday morning by three muggers who forced him at knifepoint to withdraw cash from various bank ATMs. The trio climbed into Dimitrios Felekis’s car at about 6.30 a.m., beat him up and then forced him to withdraw a total of 2,000 euros from various banks before abandoning him at the junction of Iera Odos and Constantinopouleos streets three hours later, police said. Felekis was in hospital yesterday. Roadworks Drivers will experience disruptions on the section between the ninth and the 11th kilometer of the Vari-Koropi Avenue over the next four months due to works, traffic police said yesterday. Also over the next two months, traffic will be one way in Kifissia alongside the Athens-Lamia National Road, while the hard shoulder of Athens-bound traffic will be blocked off as will the section of the road between Korneliou and Thivaidos Streets running parallel to the national highway, police said. Diversions will be signposted. Heroin haul A 30-year-old man was arrested on Saturday night in the northwestern port of Igoumenitsa trying to smuggle 1.2 kilos of heroin onto an Italy-bound ferry, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. The unidentified man, a foreign national travelling on a forged passport, had been carrying the drugs in a paper bag hidden in a specially designed compartment of his suitcase, the ministry said.