A major Brazilian pimping network dismantled in the south of France

This network, which had been operating for five years, included around thirty prostitutes and around fifteen pimps. An investigation had been open since September 2020 following an anonymous letter.

A major pimping network, most of whose members are of Brazilian origin, was dismantled this week in several cities in southern France and Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes), leading to 13 arrests, AFP learned. Thursday from a source close to the investigation.

This network, which first developed in several towns in Bouches-du-Rhône (Marseille, Martigues, Vitrolles, Fos-sur-Mer, Port-de-Bouc), Var (Fréjus) and Aveyron (Rodez), before winning Charleville-Mézières, had been operating for five years, said this source.

There were about thirty prostitutes, mostly of Brazilian origin, and about fifteen pimps, also Brazilian, of whom 13 were arrested Monday at the end of an investigation opened in September 2020 following an anonymous letter.

“The girls were recruited locally or in Brazil and Spain”

Among them, eight were indicted for aggravated pimping in an organized gang, according to the same source.

“The girls were recruited locally or in Brazil and Spain”, continued this source, specifying that the pimps “were paid on the rentals of apartments”, about thirty in total, invoiced between 250 euros to 300 euros per week and by prostitute.

The pimps also took care of posting advertisements on the Internet with photos that allowed customers to come into contact with prostitutes. “They answered phone calls and set up appointments” for the prostitutes, the source added.

In addition, “they managed the logistics to pick up the girls at the airport or at the station” and put them in the apartments, according to her.

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