Prostitutes found hiding in secret room behind radiator during brothel raid

A video shows how Turkish police found three prostitutes hiding in a secret room hidden behind a moveable radiator.

Police in the northern Turkish province of Trabzon were informed of the alleged prostitution service at the hotel and launched an operation.

During a search of the hotel’s premises, officers reportedly found a hole behind the radiator in one room which led to a compartment where the prostitutes would hide out during raids.

In the clip, a very ordinary-looking radiator is removed to expose a large hole in the wall.

The barren room hidden behind the radiator has nothing but a double mattress and a sink inside.

Police detained three women, two from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and one from Moldova in Eastern Europe, who were found inside the compartment.

Officers also arrested the hotel’s owners, identified only by their initials F.B. and H.I.

Judicial proceedings were launched against the three women for prostitution while the hotel owners are accused of providing prostitution services at their establishment.

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The hotel owners reportedly admitted that the three women were waiting in the hidden compartment designed to hide them when police raids were being carried out.

Prostitution legal in Turkey but only if the brothel has a license.

Sex workers in a licensed brothel must be registered and have an identity card and regular health checks for sexually transmitted diseases.

Turkey is one of the most common places for sex-trafficked women to be sent, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

An investigation into the brothel continues.

This comes after the world's largest legal brothel was forced to shut down after the coronavirus pandemic put it out of business.

Pascha, in central Cologne, Germany, used to have more than 1,000 customers a day and employed around 120 sex workers as well as chefs, masseuses, and security staff.

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