Brazilian sex slaves imported to Spanish clubs
13 September 2006, MADRID — Police in Spain and Brazil arrested 44 people in separate operations targeting networks that trafficked in Brazilian women who were forced to work as prostitutes in Spain, said authorities on Wednesday.
13 September 2006
MADRID — Police in Spain and Brazil arrested 44 people in separate operations targeting networks that trafficked in Brazilian women who were forced to work as prostitutes in Spain, said authorities on Wednesday.
The women were forced to work in clubs in Orense and Leon.
Thirty-five people were arrested in Spain and nine in Brazil.
The first network had operated for several years in Brazil's Goias state, where women were recruited to work in Spain and were later sexually exploited in the Spanish regions of Galicia and Castile and Leon, police said.
Based on documents found during a search of a club in the Galician province of Orense, investigators determined that more than 200 women had been exploited by the gang, which had a branch in Spain and one in Brazil.
The Brazilian branch recruited the women, while the gang in Spain financed the women's trips and forced them to work as prostitutes to pay off the money they had borrowed to get to Europe.
The investigation started in April, when police learned that women were arriving periodically at the club from Brazil.
The second network broken up by police operated in a similar fashion, tricking women in their home countries into travelling to Spain with false promises that they would earn large amounts of money and then exploiting them sexually.
A Brazilian woman would recruit other women in Goiania, the capital of Goias state, and later accompany them to clubs in the Spanish city of Leon.
Some of the club owners gave cocaine to their clients and forced the women to use the drug, police said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news