Saudi Police Crack Ethiopian Prostitution Ring, Distilleries

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi police busted an Ethiopian prostitution ring and two distilleries in Riyadh, a newspaper reported Friday. 

The prostitution ring was headed by an Ethiopian "infected with AIDS" and two of his brothers who employed several female compatriots in a brothel which also housed a distillery for the illegal brewing of alcohol, Al-Riyadh said. 

The Ethiopian had previously been expelled from Saudi Arabia for pimping but managed to return on false papers, the paper said. 

The police bust a second distillery run by four Indians with no residency papers and seized pornographic films on the premises, it said. 

Authorities arrested last December 29 African prostitutes, some of them with AIDS, who entered the oil-rich Gulf state under the guise of pilgrims to Mecca - RIYADH (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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