A group of anonymous women engaged in an operation to attract men looking for prostitutes, and then turned their names over to the police.
The group, calling themselves Big Sisters, made a public appearance in downtown Reykjavík yesterday, disguising their identities and introducing their findings at a press conference at Iðnó.
The approximately 50 women described themselves as an underground operation waging war against prostitution. To do so, they placed advertisements on the popular dating site Einkamál. These ads attracted a number of men looking for prostitutes, some of whom reputedly did not mind that some of the women in question said they were below the legal age of consent. Some of their personal message exchanges were displayed at the conference.
In all, the women collected 56 full names, 117 phone numbers and some e-mail addresses, all of which they handed over to the police.
The group asked that authorities enforce the Icelandic law prohibiting the purchase of the services of a prostitute, and that websites such as Einkamál be shut down for allowing advertisements from prostitutes.
One anonymous member who spoke to radio station Rás 2 said that the lack of will on behalf of authorities led to the operation being initiated. She emphasised that the group will continue their operations.