GENEVA, July 12 (NNN-Bernama) A court has sentenced a Thai woman to more than 10 years in jail in one of the largest human trafficking cases in Switzerland, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Swiss media on Wednesday.
The 58 year-old woman was found guilty on 75 counts of smuggling poor and uneducated Thai women into the country, according to the regional court of Biel/Bienne, the Swiss News Agency, SDA-ATS reported.
She was also sentenced for promoting prostitution and money laundering.
Announcing the verdict on July 10, the presiding judge said the woman ran a complex, professionally structured and inhumane scheme in several regions of Switzerland between 2009 and 2014.
Most of the victims were aware they would be employed as sex workers in Switzerland but were not prepared for the extremely harsh conditions, and that they were forced to pay back travel debts.
The court heard that many victims were forced to be available 24 hours a day and to repay up to 30,000 Swiss francs (US$30,000) in debts.
Prostitution is a regulated trade in Switzerland monitored by local authorities, but trafficking, forcing people into prostitution and most forms of pimping are illegal.
Source: NAM News Network