Court convicts gang members for pimping and setting up brothels in 7 Russian cities
In Penza, the court has convicted gang members who set up brothels in 7 Russian cities and forced women into prostitution.
The gang members set up their brothel chain as far back as in 2010, kidnapping women and forcing them into prostitution, according to the Office of Public Affairs of the Russian MIA Republic of Mordovia Department.
Aside from Penza, they set up brothels in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, and Sochi. The gang members kidnapped women in the Moscow region, according to a police investigation. Then they forcibly transported them to other Russian regions and forced into prostitution by threatening to kill them.
The police learned about the gang in 2013, the police pointed out. The police thoroughly planned a special operation in the following years, as it turned out. The goal of the operation was to arrest the criminals and rescue women.
“Nine key gang members were arrested in Ruzaevka and Moscow as a result. This includes the gang leaders,” the MIA added.
The police not only arrested the gang members but also conducted more than 25 searches and confiscated illegal weapons, police uniform, a rubber truncheon, a hand-held radio, office equipment, and about 200 photos, the MIA emphasized.
The police discovered that the gang forced 19 women into prostitution.
The court sentenced seven gang members to 6 to 8 years in prison.
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