Israeli Police arrested five Israelis suspected of running with a human trafficking ring that brought girls from Belarus to work in Israel’s sex industry, according statement released by the Israel Police Sunday.
The arrests follow a months-long undercover investigation, conducted in conjunction with Interpol and the Belorussian police forces.
The five suspects, all immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union, are being interrogated and their remand has been extended for several days. As a result of the investigation, an additional suspect was arrested in the case, and more arrests are expected. The leader of the human trafficking ring, a 57-year-old Israeli, has also been arrested in Belarus by local authorities.
The police have located the women who had been trafficked to Israel thus far, and they are currently in police custody.