Nine men, most of whom have police records, were arrested in a special operation against an organised crime group that allegedly was trafficking women for sexual exploitation and soliciting women to be prostitutes, according to an August 29 2010 media statement by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry.
The operation, in the country’s largest Black Sea city of Varna, was carried out by the specialist unit against organised crime and supervised by the district prosecutor’s office, the statement said.
Homes and cars owned by members of the gang were searched as were restaurants in Golden Sands resort.
Items confiscated included several mobile phones, SIM cards and large sums of local and foreign currency.
Twenty-two women who "worked" for the gang, as the statement put it, were being questioned. The investigation and operation were continuing, the statement said.
Under Bulgarian law, sex work – as a prostitute – is neither legal nor illegal, but pimping is against the law.