Three men and two women have been arrested in the canton of Bern for human trafficking and the promotion of prostitution. All known victims are likely to be women from China.
The arrests took place on Tuesday, as the cantonal police in Bern announced on Friday. Based on suspicious activity, she carried out a large-scale action under the direction of the public prosecutor’s office for special tasks. According to the announcement, a total of 14 house searches were carried out.
Six victims located
Investigators arrested five suspects: three men and two women between the ages of 27 and 50. They are accused of human trafficking, promoting prostitution and promoting illegal entry and exit, among other things. Pre-trial detention has been requested for all five. The police did not provide any information on their nationality.
All known victims are women with Chinese citizenship, the police write. She assumes that there have been numerous victims and was able to locate six of those affected and take them to the station for further clarification. Further extensive investigations are underway, it said. The network extends beyond the canton of Bern. The investigations were therefore carried out together with other cantons. (SDA/chs)