Tel Aviv police bust sex crime ring that trafficked dozens of Ukrainian women to Israel
18 Jan 2020 — #GlobalVillage
Criminal organization arranged for women's travel, living quarters, managed them as prostitutes; head of organization earned over NIS 11 million in recent months
After initially identifying and contacting them in Ukraine, the trafficking group then brought the women, some as young as 18, to Israel to work as prostitutes, arranging for their living quarters and driving them from customer to customer. The women were discovered with the help of go-betweens in Ukraine, who sent videos and images to help with the selection and recruiting process.
“The managers also employed people that knew how to promote the group’s site and get as much money as possible from online advertisements. In a very short period of time, they made millions,” according to Tzahi Tal of the Tel Aviv police.
In simultaneous sting operations, police requested girls at hotels in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. Upon their arrival, the girls were told they were not the targets of the operation and then questioned to gather evidence needed to identify and take down the group.