Members of Human Trafficking Gang Arrested, and European Arrest Warrant Now Applies to Czech Citizens
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 10:35 AM

Czech police officers arrested thirteen members of a human trafficking ring. It is believed that the ring smuggled Vietnamese women into the country using false promises of legal employment and then forcing them into prostitution. The gang was broken by a special police unit working against organized crime. An important tool in the fight against terrorism and organized crime is the European arrest warrant, which is aimed at preventing criminals who are involved in certain serious crimes (such as human trafficking) from eluding prosecution. The arrest warrant now applies to Czech citizens because the Lower House of Parliament overrode the veto of Czech president Vaclav Klaus last week.

Compiled from: "European Arrest Warrant Adopted," Daniela Lazarova, Radio Prague, 27 September 2004 and Police Arrest Members of Human Trafficking Group, Radio Prague, 27 September 2004.