Brussels police bust gang that forced minors into prostitution

Police have rounded up a gang that forced underage girls into prostitution in Brussels, the Belgian capital's public prosecutor reports. Two suspects were placed under arrest, a third was placed under suspicion and released conditionally, and a fourth is still being sought.

According to the city's prosecutor's office, the suspects exploited underage girls who had run away from home and forced them into prostitution. "The gang posted and managed job ads on the website Quartier Rouge and moved the girls from one rented location to another to offer them to potential clients," says the prosecutor. 

"The police were notified via a report, after which they launched an investigation. That investigation led to a number of searches Monday in which two people were eventually arrested and have already been placed under arrest by the investigating judge. A third suspect was arrested and released under conditions. A final suspect is still wanted in the case."


Rue d'Aerschot / Aarschotstraat, Brussels' Red Light District, 2013 © BELGA PHOTO SISKA GREMMELPREZ

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