CHEBOKSARY, May 7 (RIA Novosti) – Three male residents of Russia’s Volga area republic of Chuvashia will go on trial on charges of coercing women, including three underage girls, into prostitution, the Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.
It did not say when the trial is due to begin.
According to investigators, between May 2009 and June 2012 the three men got at least 25 women, aged from 17 to 40, involved in prostitution.
“They [the women] agreed to provide [sexual] services in pursuit of stable income, convinced that they would be protected from physical violence and psychological pressure on the part of their clients,” the committee said in a statement.
The pimps procured clients for the women through Internet ads, charging between 1,000 and 1,700 rubles (around $30-$55) per hour.
The defendants are looking at up to six years in prison if convicted.