Alleged human traffickers' ring exposed
Finally some encouraging action taken through international cooperation.
As the country and the world marked International Woman's Day on Sunday, police revealed an alleged international network for trafficking women.
Twelve people suspected of operating the network were arrested by Tel Aviv police. The force estimates the alleged network is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Members of the network allegedly worked over the past few years to import hundreds of women from the Former Soviet Union into Israel and Cyprus in order to use them as prostitutes, often coaxing them with false promises and in some cases threatening them.
When the members of the network suspected one of the women was planning to file a complaint, they allegedly used severe violence to silence her and are also alleged to have run over and killed a woman who was planning to turn to the police. The women were allegedly smuggled into Israel through the border with Egypt and an airport in Turkey, and in at least one case, one of them was beaten in order to be "convinced" to go on the trip.
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