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A "luxury" prostitution network supplied women to rich Middle Eastern clients during the Cannes film festivala French court was told on Monday.
The alleged ringleader, a Lebanese businessman, was escorts lafayette allegedly linked to one of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's playboy sons. The vice ring engaged the services of escorts, models and beauty queens to entertain wealthy men at five-star hotels, palatial villas and yachts in Cannes and in other cities according to prosecutors at the trial of eight people — seven men and a woman escorts in north west oakville in Marseille.
Only three of the accused were present in the dock. The others failed to turn up for the hearing and were said to have fled the country.
One of them, Micheal Orsowitz, a Miami resident, is in custody in Britain contesting his extradition. Whitehorse personals accused include Elie Nahas, a year-old Lebanese businessman who detectives believe was behind the prostitution network.
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The celebration was attended by film stars and models including Kevin Costner, Carmen Electra and Enrique Iglesias, the court heard. The court heard Farias Leon caused a scandal in May when he arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris while the Cannes festival was on, accompanied by escort website gatineau females, one of whom was a minor.
They were refused entry.
From phonetaps, investigators for the central office for the repression of trade in human beings had identified eight key members of the alleged vice ring and 50 women of assorted nationalities, including Lebanese, Venezuelan, US and French. Police also photographed Nahas — whose Style modelling agency based in Beirut was telford escorts a elk grove asian independent escort for the prostitution ring — on the red carpets at Cannes and boarding luxury yachts in the Mediterranean port.
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Ardid said berlin escort vice ring was "gigantic" and that the women had been promised to "rich princes from the Middle East". He said their services were paid for by "businesses … and sometimes the Libyan embassy". He said Nahas's "enviable" address book contained s for "the Gaddafi family and stockport escort agency sons of presidents and Arab princes".
But Franck De Vita, one of the defence lawyers, said: "Those who are really responsible are absent or have fled … We might at the very least ask why Mr Gaddafi was not interrogated when his links with Elias Nahas were known. Patrick Rizzo, lawyer for an anti-prostitution charity that is a civil plaintiff in the trial, said the "political context" in and had hampered the escort south norwood investigation.
In DecemberGaddafi was invited to France by the former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who allowed the Libyan dictator to pitch his bedouin tent in a garden near the presidential palace in Paris. He was France's escorts santa maria ca friend.
All this context did not favour international investigations," Rizzo told journalists. The inquiry found that denver milf escorts women of various nationalities, including models, beauty queens and escort girls were recruited during Cannes and at other times for clients from the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, who paid thousands of dollars for their services.
Rizzo said some of the woman were not prostitutes.
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