Police smash sex trafficking gang, arrest 12
18 May 2007, Santander - Police in Cantabria arrested 12 people accused of aiding women recruited in Venezuela, Brazil and Paraguay to enter Spain illegally to work as prostitutes.
18 May 2007
Santander - Police in Cantabria arrested 12 people accused of aiding women recruited in Venezuela, Brazil and Paraguay to enter Spain illegally to work as prostitutes.
During raids on two brothels, the police identified 52 women, arresting 10 of them for being in the country illegally, while the other 42 were still within the legal period of three months from arrival.
Police accused seven of those in custody of presumed sex trafficking as well as alleged crimes against workers' rights and against the rights of foreign citizens.
The other five were arrested for signing letters of invitation that could implicate them in crimes against the rights of foreign citizens.
One of the presumed ringleaders, identified as Carmelo L.E., is a 51-year-old man who was wanted by the law in Spain during the 1990s for drug trafficking and who returned to Spain in 2001 with his face altered and his fingers operated so as not to leave fingerprints.
The gang leaders sent money to women they had contacted in Latin American countries to enable them to look reasonably prosperous while traveling abroad, together with a letter of invitation that would allow them to cross European borders and enter Spain.
For these considerations, each of the girls owed the gang about EUR 3,000 euros (about $4,000), with the debt increasing by 45 euros ($60) per day for food and lodging. EFE
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news