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Sex gang catered to 77,000

Following a commando-style raid, three people have been arrested in Athens on suspicion of running a well-organized sex-trafficking ring whose clients ran into tens of thousands, police said on Saturday. Special police forces were enlisted to raid a Kallithea flat the gang used as its telephone center – which was protected by an armored door – rappeling down from the roof of the building and entering via a window. Two Greek women found in the flat were arrested for allegedly operating an array of 25 mobile phones through which clients made appointments for sex with prostitutes. The gang advertised the services of the women it exploited through classified adverts in daily newspapers. Together with the phones, police seized six computers – only one of which yielded a list of some 77,000 clients. A third suspect, a Greek man whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of heading the gang. All three were charged with human trafficking, sex trafficking, procuring and money laundering. The client list also earned them charges of breach of privacy.