VLADIVOSTOK, August 12 (Itar-Tass) — Members of an international criminal group involved in human trafficking and slave labour have been detained in Vladivostok. According to the press service of the Primorsky Territory police department, Russian policemen were informed about the gang activity from their colleagues from Uzbekistan. One month later they managed to get on the trail of the suspects.
A total of two citizens of Uzbekistan have been detained in Vladivostok, and several more in that country’s territory. The criminals recruited workers in Uzbekistan, helped them with the documents, to cross the border and get to Vladivostok, where they took from them their passports and by force and threats made the people work for free at construction sites and in the sphere of agriculture.
“Powerless and frightened, involuntary migrant workers were doing any work: building, repairing, cultivating fields. The employers and criminals did not care that the pseudo workers did not have any qualification,” the press service noted.
Officials of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Pervomaisky district of Vladivostok are currently preparing documents for extradition of the detainees to Uzbekistan.