Hit Against Chinese Human Trafficking
At the beginning of February 2023, law enforcement and judicial authorities from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland took down a sex trafficking ring in the biggest hit against Chinese human trafficking in Europe ever. The international prostitution ring kept hundreds of Chinese women trapped in debt bondage across Europe and forced them to work as prostitutes to pay off their debts. Victims were lured to Europe with the promise of a legitimate job. As a result of the successful operation, over 300 victims have been identified so far. Thirty-five individuals were arrested, including five Chinese nationals considered high-value targets by Europol due to their involvement in multiple, high-profile criminal activities in Europe.