Two Romanian women who were arrested in Belfast on suspicion of involvement in a European prostitution racket are to be extradited to Sweden.

Ancuta Schwarz, 27, and Aura Gabriel Anghel, 20, were detained after police raided a number of suspected brothels in Belfast yesterday.

The raid was part of a joint investigation code named Burgrave, involving a number of European law enforcement agencies.

Two suspected victims of sex traffickers were rescued during the Belfast operation.

A number of other potential victims have been found in Sweden during the police operation, which involved officers from the PSNI, Sweden and Romania working in conjunction with EU agencies, Eurojust and Europol.

A lawyer for the women said they would be vigorously contesting the case back in Sweden.