Police smash sex trafficking gang in Majorca
1 June 2007, PALMA - Spanish police broke up a band dedicated to recruiting Brazilian women and then exploiting them sexually here on the island of Mallorca, authorities said Thursday.
1 June 2007
PALMA - Spanish police broke up a band dedicated to recruiting Brazilian women and then exploiting them sexually here on the island of Mallorca, authorities said Thursday.
In a communique, police said that the alleged leaders of the network, two Brazilians, have been charged with the crimes of prostitution and people trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation.
Also, two women from Brazil have been charged with breaking immigration laws.
The police operation ended on May 28, when authorities raided two houses in Palma and found seven women who were being forced to engage in prostitution.
The investigations determined that the exploited women came from Brazil and that their final destinations were Spanish brothels, where they ended up working as prostitutes and the madam "coerced and deceived them, abusing their vulnerable situation by using their precarious economic situation" against them.
The dismantled network allegedly facilitated all the measures necessary to bring the women to Mallorca, including providing them with airline tickets and picking them up at airports.
Once in Palma, the trafficking network saddled the women with a debt of 6,000 euros ($8,000) which they then had to work off to pay for their passage to Spain.
The organization also provided "false documents" to some of them to allow them to reside "legally" in Spain as foreigners.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news