The prosecutor’s office is investigating four people suspected of earning money from prostitution in Opole. The suspects heard the charges. The 44-year-old Paweł M., who was available in his hotel rooms for meetings, was considered to be the organizer of the procedure and was temporarily arrested by a court decision for three months.
According to the findings of the investigators, in the years 2010-2020 he earned about 900,000 zlotys on sexual services offered by over a dozen women. According to the spokesman of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Opole, Stanisław Bar, the suspect was to collect 50 percent of prostitutes. the price of the service, which ranged from PLN 200 to PLN 350.
– Over the years, Paweł M. engaged other people in the criminal practice, which was, in a way, a consequence of the professionalization of the criminal enterprise. In the structure he created, there was a division of tasks, and the individual participants of the procedure included: recruiting and persuading women to engage in prostitution (including through internet portals), accounting for benefits obtained from the practice, organization and transport of clients, as well as transport of women to the place of providing services and protection of the premises. As it has been established so far, at least 15 women passed through the premises of Paweł M. in 2010-2020, the prosecutor Bar reported.
Arrests and supervision
In October, on the order of the prosecutor, officers of the Criminal Division of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Opole detained four suspects. Paweł M. heard the accusations of establishing and managing an organized criminal group, reaping financial benefits from prostitution and persuading them to do so. In addition to him, three more suspects (including two women) were charged. According to the prosecutor’s office, in their statements the suspects admitted to participating in the crimes they were charged with.
– Accepting the prosecutor’s request, the District Court in Opole ruled on the temporary arrest of Paweł M. for three months. On the other hand, preventive measures of a freedom character, such as police supervision and a ban on leaving the country, were applied to the remaining suspects. The offense of establishing and managing an organized criminal group is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. In turn, pimping and pimping offenses are punishable by up to 5 years’ imprisonment. Due to the fact that the suspects have made committing a crime a permanent source of income, and that they acted as part of an organized criminal group, the imprisonment penalty for this crime may be extraordinarily tightened to 7 years and 6 months – said the prosecutor.
Due to the possibility of imposing penal financial sanctions against Paweł M. (fine, forfeiture of the equivalent of the financial benefit resulting from the crime), the prosecutor secured the property on the suspect’s real estate, including the real estate on which the premises where the criminal activity was carried out.
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