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Police detain two under suspicion of pimping

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police have detained two individuals who have been engaged in pimping for a long time, having forced at least five women in prostitution. The youngest woman forced to work as a prostitute is not even 18, police say.

«At the beginning of last week, as a result of operative investigations, police took notice of a group of two individuals suspected of pimping. Through detailed investigation, SP Organized Crime Combating Office found that the 1982-born woman and 1997-born man were engaged in this criminal activity for a long time. The two were responsible for forcing at least five women to engage in prostitution,» SP reports.

According to information acquired in the investigation, both pimps organized meetings with clients in rented apartments and different hotels in Riga. In addition, women were also delivered to locations agreed on with clients.

SP emphasizes that one of the women forced to work as a prostate was only 17 years old.

«When minors or persons that have reached adolescence only recently are involved in prostitution, it becomes a signal to the kind of future these people choose for themselves. Current regulations allow people to engage in prostitution at the age of 18. However, it should be said that those individuals often continue studying in school, not knowing which path to take in life. This is why work continues on amendments to increase the age threshold from 18 to 25,» says Chief of SP Organized Crime Combating Office’s Human Trade and Pimping Prevention Department Armards Lubarts.

Both individuals accused of pimping were apprehended last week. SP has commenced a criminal process. If their guilt is proven in court, the two may face up to eight years in prison with confiscation of property and probation period of up to three years.

In the last five years, officers of State Police Organized Crime Combating Office have managed to close 35 brothels in Latvia. In addition, authorities have dismantled 29 criminal groups engaged in this illegal business. A total of 183 people have been arrested for pimping in the past five years.

Ref: 224.109.109.2001


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