Friday, September 21, 2007

Polish gang trafficking women to Austrian brothels on trial

The trial of six men - two of them policemen - accused of trafficking women to work in Austrian brothels is just about to begin in one of Wrocław’s District Courts, southwestern Poland.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, the gang had their roles strictly defined.

There were people putting job advertisements on Internet and in some papers; then there were drivers who would drive the women do Vienna and Salzburg and granted them some accommodation there; and there was a Polish woman who owned a chain of brothels in Austria.

The gang was active for two years, because most of the women knew why they were going abroad and had worked in some Polish brothels (euphemistically called ‘escort agencies’) before.

Two women who had not realized they would be working as prostitutes, managed to escape.

The gang was exposed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.