The Portuguese Immigration and Border Service implemented, by carrying out operations in Lisbon and in the region south of the Tagus, five search warrants that resulted in the seizing of documents, IT material, telephones and other instruments connected to the recidivistic perpetration of indecent exposure, trafficking in Human Beings, facilitation of illegal immigration and document forgery.
The actions for the fulfilment of the said search warrants included searches at the houses of the main suspects, in a commercial dwelling and in an accountant’s office.
Following the searches and seizures, a foreign woman was indicted on suspicion of being the leader of a criminal network engaged in sexual exploitation of women of various nationalities, acting in co-authorship with her Portuguese life partner.
An accountant was also indicted on suspicion of facilitating the legalization of the sexually exploited women, through the issuance of false labour contracts.
The objective of SEF’s operation was the collection of hard evidence on the perpetration of the crimes under investigation, to include in the case-file.