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Serbian Police Arrest Seven For Trafficking Women

Advert for 'work' abroad carried in a Moldovan newspaper (file photo) (RFE/RL) 10 February 2006 -- Serbian police have arrested seven people suspected of trafficking women from Ukraine and Moldova.

The seven suspects -- three Serbs, three Ukrainians, and a woman from Moldova -- are members of what the police called an "international organized criminal group."

Police said the suspects published advertisements in Ukraine and Moldova about jobs in Western Europe to lure girls into leaving their countries.

The women were transferred through Romania, and their documents taken away.

The suspects were arrested in Belgrade.

The Balkans is one of Europe's major human trafficking routes.

(AP, dpa)