Human trafficking gang stopped by Helsinki Police

Police spent more than a year investigating the human trafficking gang, and finally made arrests at the end of July.

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Police in Helsinki say they’ve broken up a human trafficking gang that brought women to Finland to work as prostitutes.

Police say that a group of foreigners brought the six women to the country to make them work in the sex industry. They used houses in Helsinki and Vantaa as places to conduct the business. The women were allegedly promised high earnings for working as escorts, and the gang posted adverts on sex websites advertising their services.

Police spent more than a year investigating the human trafficking gang, and finally made arrests at the end of July.

“There are a total of six victims of this crime, they were in a weak position due to lack of language skills or lack of financial resources” explains Jukka Larkio from Helsinki Police Department.

Police suspect a 37-year old foreign man of running the prostitution ring, and earning most of his income from the six women. Officers confiscated €24,000 from him, and he has remained in custody while the pre-trail investigation work was being completed.

Police suspect the man had two bodyguards in Finland who were supervising the prostitution, and are accused of human trafficking.

The case goes to court in December.