A group of pimps forced prostitutes to load money into a series of prepaid cards to post ads on dating sites. The funds paid were also invested in cryptocurrencies
La Spezia – The Guardia di Finanza of La Spezia carried out, on a mandate from the La Spezia court, a preventive seizure decree of financial resources and real estate for a value of over 780 thousand euros against six persons responsible, for various reasons, for aiding and exploiting prostitution, money laundering, self-laundering, fraudulent transfer of values and false ideology and material.
The investigation began in 2019, with an in-depth analysis of some anomalous financial flows, which revealed a whirlwind operation developed on Postepay payment cards in the name of persons domiciled throughout the national territory which were then revealed in actual use to the suspects.
The proceeds from the aiding and abetting of prostitution were on the cards.
According to what was found, women who prostituted themselves made payments on cards to obtain the publication of some advertisements on well-known personal dating sites. The money was used to pay for the announcements but the suspects also made investments in cryptocurrencies.