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Lyon: a camp evacuated in the Gerland district after reports of trafficking and prostitution


A squat on a vacant lot on rue Jean Baldassini, which had hosted a camp of around sixty people from the Roma community since the summer, was evacuated on Monday morning in Lyon.

Le Figaro Lyon

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There was only one family left when the police arrived.

The Rhône prefecture announced the evacuation of a vacant lot where around sixty people had settled since August, rue Jean Baldassini, in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, this Monday morning.

"Acts of prostitution, trafficking and violence have been reported"

, indicates the prefect of the Rhône, Fabienne Buccio, on her Twitter account.

According to our information, it would be Mafia-type behavior on the management of locations in particular and orchestrated prostitution within the Roma community.

Isolated facts of the presence of sex workers, anchored in the neighborhood, a few streets away.

The court decision, dated January 23, had been notified upstream as part of the monitoring work for vulnerable people initiated on the spot.

Most of the people living on this land, which has been regularly squatted for several years, had already left the area by car on Monday morning.

Originally from Romania, the family who stayed behind was taken care of in a housing center run by the association Habitat et humanisme in Villeurbanne.

The place welcomes families from Eastern Europe, specifies the association, and the children are educated in the schools of the surroundings.

On the vacant lot of the rue Baldassini, the sheds and other caravans that remained on the spot were dismantled by the services of the State and the Metropolis to prevent them from being squatted by others.

The land also belongs to Greater Lyon, the community will then be responsible for securing access.

Source: lefigaro

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