Eurojust, the EU’s independent agency dealing with cross-border organised crime, recently released information regarding the success of both Italian and Romanian national authorities in the take down of an organized crime group involved in the trafficking of human beings for the purpose of enslavement and sexual exploitation. The operation took eight suspects into custody and seized €70,000 in assets and cash.
The organised crime members were mainly Romanian nationals who coerced women and minors into prostitution, promising the victims lawful jobs and a better life in Italy. The victims often came from unstable, low-income backgrounds and were recruited from local job centres. Eurojust said that the members of the crime ring required the victims to pay up to €100 a day, not including extra fees for transportation and housing.