PARIS POLICE BREAK UP PROSTITUTE RING …

    The law on prostitution is ambiguous here in France. A woman can take payment for sex, but no other person is to benefit from it. In other words, pimping is illegal. So too is a brothel. So too is paying a woman for sex. In other words, a man caught paying a woman […]

 

 

The law on prostitution is ambiguous here in France.

A woman can take payment for sex, but no other person is to benefit from it.

In other words, pimping is illegal.

So too is a brothel.

So too is paying a woman for sex.

In other words, a man caught paying a woman for sex is breaking French law. If caught red-handed, he will be arrested and fined heavily, and should it not be the first time he has been apprehended, he will go to jail.

Just last week when I went to a museum in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne, I saw several prostitutes standing alongside the road that runs through the wood and nearby, behind a tree was parked a car, a man sitting behind the wheel. When after my visit to the museum I passed the spot again, the car was still there and the man was still sitting behind the wheel. The first time I had passed him, I thought he was a pimp or a potential customer working up the courage to approach one of the prostitutes, but that second time I passed him which was about two hours later, I realised it was a policeman, waiting to swoop should a car drive up.

A few days ago, the police did swoop.

Officers from the section of the Vice Squad which deals with prostitution, arrested eight people of both genders, and aged between 23 and 35. They will now be appear at a special court, the JIRS of Paris – Jurisdiction interregionale specialise – which specialises in major organised crime.

At the head of this prostitution ring was a 31-year-old. The police have not revealed whether he is French.

This is how the ring operated.

Potential clients booked a prostitute on one of two websites: Amour russe, and Charme russe. The two sites were based in Israel and on the island of Cyprus.

According to the police daily these two sites had thousands of hits. And as the coppers said, with so many daily hits, one can imagine how huge the daily takings were.

The ring brought women from Russia and the Ukraine to Paris. They had genuine visas. They stayed in Paris for two months when they flew back to where they had come from.

Collected at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport they were taken to one of the ring’s apartments. There were twenty such apartments, all in the capital’s very chic and expensive 7th and 16th arrondissements (districts).

The ring saw to everything concerning the apartments – the cleaning, the upkeep and so on.

The ring also supplied the prostitutes with food, liquid refreshment, chauffeur-driven cars for getting around, and of course alcohol – Champagne, and the most expensive bottles of course – for their clients.

The price for an hour was €250 ($258 £219) and €1000 ($1142 £880) for the entire night.

The ring had 35 prostitutes. They were, by the way, not called prostitutes, but escort girls.

The 31-year-old head of the ring collected the money which he then handed over to a man who would fly in from Saint Petersburg. This man flew in in the morning, accepted the money, and flew back to Russia that night. He never left the airport – Charles de Gaulle International Airport, or ‘Roisy’ as we who live here in France, call the airport.

How much the ring had made, the police have not revealed, but it has been active in Paris for the past two years at least. The police did find € 115,000 ($131,238 £ 101,122) in cash on raiding the apartment of one of those in charge, also computers, cell phones and a machine for detecting counterfeit bank notes!

And it is not necessary for you to immediately type in the names of those two websites because the police have closed them down.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “PARIS POLICE BREAK UP PROSTITUTE RING …”

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    tikno Says:

    Enjoy reading your story about the other side in Paris.
    Prostitution business is everywhere even in religious country.
    It always exist as long as the economic principle “Supply and Demand” still alive.

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