The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Thai prostitution network dismantled in Switzerland: Police


GENEVA (AFP) - Swiss police said on Wednesday they had dismantled a network that imported Thai women and men and forced them to work as prostitutes in several Swiss cities.

Police in the canton of Bern said in a statement they had opened their probe last year when a woman of Thai origin told investigators "she had been held against her will in a Bern establishment and forced to prostitute herself." Police soon discovered that the network stretched across several Swiss cantons.

The main suspect, a 42-year-old Thai woman with a Swiss residence permit, was arrested during the second half of last year in Germany and had been extradited to Switzerland, Bern police said.

The woman, whose name was not given, appeared to have been actively running the network since the end of 2008 and herself operated a brothel where both women and men of Thai origin living in Switzerland illegally worked as prostitutes.