17 arrested in prostitution bust
Police targeted Istedgade in Copenhagen's red light district
A raid on street prostitutes on Saturday night resulted in the arrest of 17 individuals, Copenhagen Police report in a press release.
The raid – which was carried out together with the national police, Rigspolitiet, and their immigration and human trafficking departments – targeted street prostitutes on Istedgade in Copenhagen’s red light district.
“It’s an area that we constantly have a focus on, because these women are obviously offering sexual services to passers-by in an aggressive manner which bothers both resident and the area’s hotels, guests and business owners,” Copenhagen Police inspector Jan Bjørn stated.
Five already released
Sixteen Nigerian women and one Romania woman were arrested on a variety of charges, including illegal immigration and working illegally.
Twelve will be presented to court over the coming days, while five have already been released due to a lack of evidence.
“The women will be assessed by the government’s anti-human trafficking agency, CMM, in order to ensure that women who have been traded into prostitution get the help that they need,” Bjørn said.