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Arrested Latin American sex worker trafficking in Netherlands

A man and a woman are arrested in reference to smuggling people from Latin America to Netherlands to work as prostitutes, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

The 62-year-old woman from Amsterdam and a 69-year-old man from Weert are thought to be a part of a person’s trafficking ring, particularly involving transgender people.

The woman is said to have organized places for the sex workers to stay and add return for a ‘substantial portion’ of their earnings. She has been remanded in custody for 2 weeks. the person acted as a driver and has been released from custody.

The public prosecution department said during a statement that the sex workers didn’t speak good Dutch or English and were in a vulnerable position.

‘In general, they were available seven days a week, 24 hours each day for what was often risky sex,’ the department said during a statement. After every week in one location, they were often moved on to a new one, which prevented them from build up networks, the department said.

The department estimates some 700 transgender sex workers are currently working within the Netherlands, although the real total could also be far higher. Many transgender people from Latin America come to Europe in the hope of a much better life, the department said.

Police have now contacted all 1,600 names listed in her telephone help and offered the sex workers help.

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