Trial in Graz Sheds Light on Criminal Activities of a Brothel

A trial in Graz is exposing the illicit operations of a brothel in Styria. At the heart of the prosecution are six former employees, including the brothel manager, charged with the sale of a total of 4.6 kilograms of cocaine.

Escalation and Investigations

In addition to drug trafficking, there are allegations of severe coercion. Two debt collectors are said to have seriously threatened a customer. The uncovering of these activities was the result of long-term covert investigations and phone surveillance.

What’s interesting is the defense’s claim that the accusations are part of a revenge plot by the ex-lover of the brothel manager. The trial provides insights into the dark sides of the red-light district and its structures.

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