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Police stress success of sexual exploitation hotline 

Spanish police are stressing the importance of public tip-offs in their fight against human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

During 2017, they received more than 1,600 contacts via email, the social network and a special hotline.

The information provided allowed eleven police operations against trafficking where 58 people were arrested and 52 victims released, five of them minors.

The National Police Plan against Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation was launched in 2013 and facilitated citizen collaboration and the anonymous and confidential reporting of this type of crime by telephone 900 10 50 90 and the mail trata@policia.es

One young woman being held in Madrid against her will was freed within 24 hours following one of these tip-offs. It came from a relative who was concerned because his 16-year-old niece had not returned home for five days.

“The young woman was captured through social networks on the internet through the method known as lover boy,” said a police spokesman. “The man simulated a sentimental relationship and then alluded to the need to obtain money for both and demand the minor practise prostitution.”