[Stop-traffic] News/UK: VICE GANG SMUGGLES BRAZILIAN SEX SLAVES TO BRITAIN.

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/UK: VICE GANG SMUGGLES BRAZILIAN SEX SLAVES TO BRITAIN.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 09:53:00 EDT


10-8-00 UK: VICE GANG SMUGGLES BRAZILIAN SEX SLAVES TO BRITAIN.
THOUSANDS of destitute Brazilian women are being smuggled into Britain to
serve as sex slaves, according to the United Nations.
Spokeswoman Sandra Valle fears as many as 75,000 women have been smuggled
into Europe via Portugal in a huge operation involving up to 100 organised
crime gangs.
Inspector Paul Holmes, a vice and human trafficking expert with the
Metropolitan Police, has investigated the growing UK sex slave racket.
He said: "Portugal is a bridging station between South America and Britain.
"Brazilian girls arrive in Portugal and get false identity document so they
can move within the EU and into Britain.
"There are now a lot of Brazilian women in brothels, and they are a big
part of the UK escort agency sector."
Holmes said that more than 80 per cent of women working in massage parlours
in Britain are illegal immigrants, many from South America.
"The problem is endemic, and growing," he said.
Holmes warned there is a danger of new gang wars in Britain as criminals
compete for the lucrative sex trade.
He said: "In Germany, the market has filled up, and in the leafy suburbs of
Stuttgart and Hamburg, there are gun battles between rival gangs.
"I don't know how long it will be until we reach the same point here."
(c) Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail Ltd, 2000.
SUNDAY MAIL 08/10/2000 P28
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