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08-25-2012 14:25 BJT

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Chinese and Angolan police have launched a joint crackdown on human trafficking of Chinese women who were forced into prostitution in Angola. After a period of undercover surveillance, they launched a series of raids, arresting dozens of suspects, both in Angola and here in China.

Crimes in luxury casinos are common in Angola.

Many Chinese women seeking work in Angola were tricked and forced to be prostitutes in the country in places like this.

To rescue these women, Chinese police launched undercover investigations in a number of suspected casinos ahead of their final rescue operation.

Chinese and Angolan police have launched a joint crackdown on human trafficking of Chinese women who were forced into prostitution in Angola. After a period of undercover surveillance, they launched a series of raids, arresting dozens of suspects, both in Angola and here in China.

They started the investigation in the "HOTEL TIVOLI" in the capital Luanda. Sources say a number of suspects were active there.

In a town 30 kilometers from Luanda, the police observed a casino where about 10 Chinese women had been forced to be sex workers.

Meanwhile, in the capital, they toured heavily guarded luxury casinos -- one of which had trapped a dozen or so Chinese women.

Two days of investigation took Chinese police to 16 recreational places suspected of the crime. Eight of them contained Chinese women who had been forced into prostitution. The surveillance led to the final arrest of the suspects and rescue of their captives.

On July 31, they were ready to act.

At 10 o’clock that night, police from China and Angola gathered at a branch of the Angola Immigration Bureau. Angola deployed 300 police officers in the operation. At 4.30 in the morning, the action began.

One squad headed to China Town. Thorough preparations ensured that they arrived without difficulty at their target site: a three storey house. Knocking on the door produced no response. After shouting and pounding for three or four minutes, Angolan police rushed into the room and seized four men.

Two of the men turned out to be suspects involved in a robbery. The Angola police searched the house, and took away evidence.

Another team went to a garage. The suspect lived on the second floor of a simple building. Angolan police went to the second floor, and after ten minutes, they caught the suspect Chu Xiang, accused of multiple cases of kidnapping.

Angolan police went to the second floor, and after ten minutes, they caught the suspect Chu Xiang, accused of multiple cases of kidnapping.

A third team went to another garage in pursuit of Ma Changbing, Chu Xiang’s accomplice. He, however, had fled before the police arrived. But on the evening, later that day, he gave himself up to the police. Ma Changbing admitted to being involved in kidnapping and receiving over 30,000 US dollars in commission for acting as a middleman.

In their August 1st operation, police say they succeeded in capturing all the suspects they had targeted, and rescued the women who had been trafficked and forced to be prostitutes.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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