Nine arrested in alleged prostitution ring

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Police in Bergen have arrested nine suspects in what’s described as a crackdown on a Romanian prostitution ring. The arrests came Monday after raids on two houses in Bergen and on Askøy.

The police stated in a press release Monday afternoon that the arrests also involve charges of organized begging. As many of 40 people including children were in the house raided in Bergen’s Sandviken neighbourhood. Twelve people were in the house on Askøy.

“These people are involved in both prostitution and begging,” prosecutor Sylvia Myklebust told state broadcaster NRK. Two of the men were charged with pimping and seven with receiving stolen property, narcotics possession and violation of immigration laws.

The owner of the house in Bergen told local newspaper Bergensavisen that he thought he had rented it out to a family of three. staff