Convicted sex trafficker to serve 8 years in Turkish prison

The court in Istanbul today sentenced Shaban B. to 7 years and 9 months in a Turkish prison for human trafficking and participation in a criminal organization, NU reports. B. has appealed the ruling.

Despite his sentence B. will remain free for the next six months. That's how long his lawyers think the appeal will take, and B. does not have to be in custody during that time.

For years B. was at the head of a network that forced women to work as prostitutes with violence, threats and intimidation, mainly in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. In Turkey B. made money operating a club in Antalya.

B. was previously convicted in the Netherlands and spent some time in jail. He managed to escape and flee to Turkey when he got a week's leave to see his child in 2009. The Public Prosecutor is satisfied with the verdict. "The prosecution has made every effort to ensure that Saban B., who has been sentenced to 7 years and 9 months, does not escape punishment by fleeing abroad", said Herman Bolhaar of the Public Prosecutor.