Local Charleroi police, along with social services and the tax department, performed an inspection in difficult neighbourhoods on Friday evening. Four establishments were shut down, mostly for paying workers on the black. Thirteen people living here illegally and three prostitutes were also arrested. A large-scale investigation took place between 6pm on Friday and 2am on Saturday. It looked at the Charleroi-Nord neighbourhood and the area around the Place Bertrand, in the town centre.
The local Charleroi police called in their “support and security” team, as well as local officers and 4 dog-handlers. Social services and the tax department, as well as Ocem and the Federal agency for Food Chain Security (Afsca) were also present.
Out of the eight establishments checked, four were closed down, mainly for paying workers on the black. Around seventy people underwent identity checks. Thirteen of them were in the county illegally, and were taken into custody. Three prostitutes were caught soliciting.