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Ukraine man arrested on human trafficking charges

Ukraine man arrested on human trafficking charges

A fugitive wanted on charges he forced Eastern European women to become exotic dancers has been arrested in Ukraine and brought to the United States.
Veniamin Gonikman arrived Thursday night at New York's Kennedy Airport following his arrest in Ukraine. Federal agents were expected to take him to Michigan after an initial court appearance in New York.
A 2005 indictment accuses Gonikman of using a Detroit business called Beauty Search Inc. as a front to lure women into servitude. Federal authorities say he used threats to force the women to turn over more than $1 million in earnings.
The 55-year-old Gonikman faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of human trafficking charges. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately available.


Updated : 2021-07-28 22:17 GMT+08:00