Hundred arrested for running sex slavery ring
18 April 2006, MADRID — Police have arrested 100 people who were allegedly part of an international human trafficking ring which forced Russian women to become sex slaves in Spain.
18 April 2006
MADRID — Police have arrested 100 people who were allegedly part of an international human trafficking ring which forced Russian women to become sex slaves in Spain.
Russians, Spaniards and a number of other foreign nationals were arrested in Andalusia, the Canary Islands and Aragón.
Women were threatened and coerced to work in sex clubs in Spain and forced to pay off imaginary debts to the gang in return for getting them into Spain with false visas.
The brains behind the gang was a Russian based in Almería called Andrei.
The police operation, which started last year, found the gang operated from Moscow.
Scores of women were lured into the scam with the promise of a new job in Spain.
They got to Spain using false visas obtained by the gang through the French embassy in Moscow.
Police discovered the gang through an advertisement in a Russian newspaper called 'MK' which promised women monthly salaries of EUR 6,000.
But once they reached Spain the women were forced into prostitution and referred to as the property of the gang.
They had to work in sex clubs around Spain like the Punto G (G Point) in Granada.
The gang were making thousands of euros every month through the trade, said police.
Police discovered they had reserved 190 flights through three German airlines to bring more women to Spain.
But some women managed to escape.
Most of those arrested were charged with contravening the rights of foreign nationals, offences against labour rights and prostitution offences.
Though most of those detained were Russian or Spanish, Romanians and an Israeli couple were also among those arrested.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news