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Two criminal groups arrested for prostitution, including a married couple

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOfficers of Organized Crime Combating Office of Latvian State Police managed to apprehend two criminal groups suspected of prostitution in September. In the first case police arrested four people and in the second – a married couple.

A total of 16 searches have been carried out in the two criminal cases. Police have closed down eight addresses where services of sexual nature were being provided, as reported by Latvian State Police.

The first operation was carried out on 2 September. A married couple – 1971-born man and 1958-born woman – were arrested by police. The couple had a fairly legal business – a chain of massage parlours. Unfortunately, clients of those massage parlours were also illegally provided services of sexual character.

As it was uncovered during the police investigation, clients were being carefully selected using a special website. It is worth mentioning that this website had no mentioning of the massage parlours’ more ‘private’ services. It was nonetheless possible to order such services by using the telephone number mentioned on the website. According to police reports, the man attracted clients and the woman supported him.

The second police operation took place 22 September, when a criminal group consisting of four members was caught – a 1952-born man, who was also the organizer, and three 37 – 54 year old women. The man has been put under arrest. The three women have been presented with other measures. Police have uncovered that the three women each had their roles – two of them worked as administrators of the illegal establishments and the third one – as accountant. She helped hide the criminal group’s tracks, so that authorities would not discover them.

It is known that this criminal group kept three addresses under their control – sexual services were provided to their clients in a massage parlour, a sauna and one apartment. Clients were attracted using the Internet and taxi drivers.

Both criminal groups were active in Riga. What is worse is that they remained active for at least ten years before police managed to apprehend them. One of the organizers of the two criminal groups had been previously noticed by the police for similar criminal activity.

Criminals now face sentences from eight to fifteen years in prison.

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