News/Greece: Police raid bar where smuggled women held captive

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Subject: News/Greece: Police raid bar where smuggled women held captive
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Nov 16 1999 - 12:12:32 EST


Police raid bar where smuggled women held captive
November 7, 1999

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Police raided a secluded nightclub outside Athens
early Sunday and arrested an alleged smuggler who forced nine women from
the former Soviet Union to work as waitresses and strippers, authorities said.

Giorgos Beletsiotis helped the women from Moldova, Belarus and Russia enter
the country illegally and held them captive until they paid off a dlrs
1,500 smuggling fee, police said.

They worked at the ''Flash'' nightclub, about 40 kilometers (25 miles)
north of Athens, surrounded by a 2-meter (six-foot) and fitted with
surveillance cameras.

The women were all detained.

Police are under renewed pressure to crackdown on prostitution and
immigrant smuggling rings after a deadly ferry fire exposed a smuggling
operation.

Fourteen people, including at least nine Iraqi Kurd stowaways, died in the
Nov. 1 fire on the ferry Superfast III, traveling from the southwestern
port of Patras for Ancona, Italy.

More than 650,000 immigrants are believed to be living in Greece illegally.


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