Turkey extradites world's biggest Jewish pimp to Israel
One of the world’s biggest pimps will finally face justice for exploiting 10,000 women, according to press reports in Turkey.
Despite the difficult relationship between Turkey and Israel recently, the two countries are cooperating in a high-profile case related to the trafficking of women for prostitution.
Turkey last week granted a request to extradite Guy Hassid to Israel, in order to face justice. Hassid allegedly ran a strip club in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, using it as a front for running one of the largest trafficking operations of women in the world, with more than 10,000 victims.
He was flown to Israel on Tuesday night and Wednesday faced a judge who detained him for 10 days, despite the request of his lawyer to be released to house arrest.
"According to Israeli law, Israel can arrest and prosecute criminals who trafficked in women and used them as prostitutes, even when the activity occurred outside the borders of Israel," a senior police officer in Tel Aviv, said.
Despite their differences with Israel, the Turkish police agreed to help after being informed about the matter. "They cooperated with us, and this week the extradition process was completed," a law enforcement official said.
Hassid, a 35-year-old man from the coastal city of Ashkelon, hid in Cyprus for three years before being arrested by Turkish police more than a year ago at the request of Israel. The investigation was also aided by the police authorities in Russia and Ukraine.
Russian authorities believe that Hassid was in charge of one of the largest trafficking rings in Europe and possibly the world.
"They were the sole traffickers of women smuggled into Israel through the Egyptian border during the 1990s and early 2000s," a senior police officer in Tel Aviv, said.