Children kept in wild boar cages at illegal centre
4 April 2006, GIRONA — Three people have been arrested for allegedly abusing teenagers who were held at an illegal youth centre and punished by being held in wild boar cages.
4 April 2006
GIRONA — Three people have been arrested for allegedly abusing teenagers who were held at an illegal youth centre and punished by being held in wild boar cages.
The Swiss teenagers were shut in the cages measuring no more than one metre square for up to three months.
Police only discovered the disturbing homemade prisons when they went to carry out a routine inspection on the farm at Sant Llorenç de la Muga, near Girona in Catalonia, in north-east Spain.
One Swiss woman, 30, her Swiss boyfriend, 44, and a Frenchman, 60, were arrested and accused of illegal detention, causing "physical and psychiatric violence".
They were later released on conditional bail.
Police said the children, who were sent to the centre by their parents, were attacked regularly.
They were shut in the boar cages when they did not want to work or if they said they felt bad.
They were forced to stay in the pig pens for up to eight hours a day for up to three months.
Police discovered the children were living in filthy caravans.
All the children were taken into the care of the local authority and their parents were informed through the Swiss consulate.
Their families had sent the children to the centre because they were said to have had behavioural problems.
The centre did not have any type of licence.
However, two surprise inspections by the local authorities failed to uncover what was going on.
The local council thought it was simply a centre for "rural pursuits" like horse riding, walking and teaching the children about life in the countryside.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news