The summer trip of a 38-year-old Polish woman to Tunisia turned into a nightmare. She was supposed to be held there and beaten by a man she met online. She alerted a policeman from Katowice about this. She had his number on the phone because she had been a witness in a criminal case a few years earlier. Thanks to the cooperation of Polish and Tunisian services and the La Strada Foundation, the woman returned home.
A 38-year-old Polish woman met a Tunisian via the Internet. As described by the Silesian police, “the nascent sympathy caused the woman to go on a holiday trip to Tunisia to meet a new friend. Unfortunately, the Polish woman’s dream stay abroad turned into a nightmare”.
They notified the Polish embassy in Tunisia, Interpol and the Tunisian police
Last week, the 38-year-old contacted the investigators from the Team for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Criminal Department of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Katowice. She had a police officer number written down because she had been a witness in one of the criminal cases a few years earlier. In the message she asked for help.
Silesian criminals began to determine where the woman is. They established cooperation with our country’s embassy in Tunisia and the consulate. They contacted the Bureau of International Police Cooperation of the General Headquarters through which they informed Interpol, which in turn, informed the Tunisian police.
The Tunisian was supposed to detain and beat a woman
Tunisian services found the 38-year-old and detained the man she had indicated as her tormentor. The embassy in Tunisia informed Polish investigators that the woman had been kidnapped, detained and beaten. The Tunisian – according to the police – planned to establish contact with relatives of the 38-year-old in order to extort money from them.
Investigators from the Silesian police have also established cooperation with the La Strada Foundation, which helps victims of human trafficking. The procedure for bringing the 38-year-old to her homeland was initiated, which on Monday (September 27) was a success. Thanks to the help of the services, the woman returned to Poland safely. The Minister of Foreign Affairs took over the situation of the Polish woman in Tunisia.
A victim of a crime abroad may report to the police and ask for an interpreter
Police call for “caution and less trust in people who contact us via social media in an attempt to establish an intimate relationship” and who urge us to leave the country
– Often a journey to a distant and unknown place, where different law, culture and customs are in force, may completely deviate from our vision and carry many traps and dangers – from the difficulties of everyday life (lack of livelihoods, personal problems) to situations, in which we become a victim of a crime – we read in the police communiqué.
The police warn against theft, extortion, forced labor and forced prostitution. At the same time, he reminds that a victim of a crime abroad can always report to the consul or the police and ask for an interpreter. He can also use the help (phones):
– National Intervention and Consultation Center for Victims of Human Trafficking, Trafficking in Human Beings, helpline for victims and pre-departure counseling: 22 628 0120
– Foundation Against Trafficking in Human Beings and Slavery La Strada: 22 628 99 99
– Empowering Children Foundation: 116 111
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