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Vice ring busted in Saudi; 10 women held

By Staff

Saudi Arabia’s feared Islamic police arrested 10 Asian women for practising prostitution, including four employees from a company operating a key hospital in the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had watched some of the girls for a few days before deciding to raid the apartment in the Western Red Sea port of Jeddah.

A Commission undercover posing as a customer phoned the ring leader and told her he wanted a woman.

“She asked him to come to the apartment and pick the girl he likes…once he was in, the other Commission members stormed the flat and arrested 10 Asian women,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Sharq said.

It said four of the those arrested are employees at a company managing a key government hospital in Jeddah, the country’s second largest city. The paper did not identify the defendants.