A woman and her son were detained by the investigation officers for specializing in human trafficking for the purpose of exploitation in begging.
The 57-year-old woman, who was also the head of the criminal group, was arrested for 30 days, and the 30-year-old man is investigated at large.
The traffickers were recruiting several women for one year, to then be transported to Russian Federation, Lipetsk region. They promised their victims well-paid jobs in trade, but arrived at the destinations the victims had to practice begging. Then, using their vulnerable position of being on the territory of another state, having no passports or ID cards, and not having the necessary living recourses, the traffickers would make up a debt that they have to pay, not reasonably established. To pay the debt, the victims were forced to beg together with the other potential victims dressed as nuns, in the most crowded places of Lipetsk. The traffickers would get all the money received from bagging.
Following the search, the police identified copies of identity cards of several people (who might be victims of human trafficking for the purpose of exploitation in begging), information support and a large sum of money.
The investigation officers have identified three victims up to this moment, aged between 22 and 45 years old. A criminal investigation was open on this case.
According to the legislation people found guilty of "human trafficking for the purpose of begging" may be punished by 7 to 15 years of imprisonment.