Chinese prostitution ring bosses made EUR14m

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22 February 2007, MADRID - Spanish police arrested 14 Chinese pimps and broke up prostitution rings which advertised the sexual services of Chinese immigrant women in major newspapers.

22 February 2007

MADRID - Spanish police arrested 14 Chinese pimps and broke up prostitution rings which advertised the sexual services of Chinese immigrant women in major newspapers.

Police said 20 women working as prostitutes also were arrested, on immigration charges, in the sweeps.

All those detained are Chinese nationals, authorities said.

They said the six Chinese sex organisations operating in Madrid were completely dismantled by the operation.

Indeed, the newspaper ads offering the women's services disappeared following the arrests made in recent days.

Authorities said the six businesses made annual profits of some EUR 14 million.

The leaders of the rings may also face charges of money laundering, illegal immigration, illicit association and people-trafficking, authorities said.

The operation began 11 months ago when it came to authorities' attention that Asian women, some of them possibly minors, were working as prostitutes in several private residences of Madrid.

The investigation determined that the women were in fact over 18, though the advertisements used to entice clients emphasised the "girlish" qualities of women, who worked in rooms decorated in pre-adolescent style with dolls and stuffed animals.

Prostitutes were recruited in Chinese-language local newspapers serving the immigrant community.

The individual operations had Chinese immigrant cooks and housecleaning employees, and changed residences often in an attempt to foil police.

A women's affairs secretariat of the governing socialist Party says 90 percent of prostitutes in Spain are immigrants and that the industry accounts for some EUR 2.5 billion in business annually.

Most of the immigrant prostitutes - many of whom are brought to Spain under false pretenses involving other sorts of work - are Latin American, Eastern European or African.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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