Lifestyle & Belief

Italy busts transsexual prostitution ring


The Italian captain of the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino (C), is escorted by police after being questioned by prosecutors in the Grosseto court on January 17, 2012.


Andreas Solaro

Italian police have busted a prostitution ring of transsexuals from Latin America. They made widespread arrests in Lazio, Campania and Umbria.

The BBC reported that the transsexuals were recruited from shanty towns in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

The sex workers were sent plane tickets to "Rio de Janeiro to Madrid, Zurich, Paris, Budapest or Bucares" and from there would go to Italy, the BBC wrote.

The Daily Beast reported authorities also seized twelve properties that they think were used by sex ring.

The Guardian recently wrote that Piero Marrazzo, an Italian Democratic party candidate, stepped down after he was caught and admitted to visiting transsexual sex workers in Lazio.