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Twelve Israelis Suspected of Running Child Sex Trafficking Network in Colombia

Israelis Eyal Shaty (centre) and Mor Zohar (left) in a court in Medellin, Colombia on December 10, 2018. Photo: South China Morning Post/AFP

Six Israelis arrested, Colombian authorities say ■ Network allegedly sold ‘tourism packages’ including prostitutes – some of whom were minors

HAARETZ — Law enforcement authorities in Colombia suspect 12 Israelis of running a sex-trafficking network alongside two Colombians. The office of Colombia’s attorney general said eight of the suspects have been arrested, including six Israelis.

The alleged sex trafficking ring provided Israeli travelers with “tourism packages” that included prostitutes, some of whom were minors, who received between 200,000 pesos ($63) to 400,000 pesos ($126) in return for sexual services.

Among the charges against the members of the trafficking ring are murder, conspiracy, human trafficking, trafficking in minors, drug manufacturing, providing prostitution services and money laundering. The leader of the ring in an Israeli named Mor Zohar, media in Colombia reported, while one of those arrested is a Colombian police officer. […]

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