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Dublin 'call-girl gang' charged in Romania

Published 30/08/2011 | 05:00

ROMANIAN prosecutors have formally charged eight men accused of trafficking women into Ireland.

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Prosecutors say the gang, co-ordinated by alleged mob boss Florin Ghinea from behind prison bars in Targoviste, Romania, were also behind the attempt to shoot dead rival gang leader Ion Honciu.

The alleged members of the gang include Ghinea, who was also known as Ghenosu.

They are charged with threatening and blackmailing women to work as high-class prostitutes in Dublin. Police say others are still under investigation and may be charged later.

Seven women, accused of working as prostitutes for the gang in Dublin, were also charged.

The charges follow the arrest of dozens of people in April.

The arrests came after police were tipped off in 2008 about the gang and followed the trail allegedly leading to Ghenosu. Romanian police worked together with the gardai on the operation.

Irish Independent

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